Biddeford, ME. Very Good. Item #15337
An exceptional piece of Maine War of 1812 history!
This November 3, morning muster roll, completed by Sergeant Rufus Foss with his signature, for the company of Captain Daniel Appleton, assigned to the regiment of Lt. Col. John Spring, headquartered at nearby Saco.
The report breaks down the number of soldiers in the unit by those present and fit for duty versus those not present or declared unfit, with a final tally of 52 men present and fit for duty. These men are broken down by rank, with 45 of the 52 serving as privates.
This detachment was necessary as the British had attacked the town earlier in 1814, when in June of that year, the74-gun British warship HMS Bulwark arrived off the coast with orders to destroy the town's lumber and shipbuilding capacities, which was hastily done through the burning and plundering of shipping and supplies with little resistance.
This historic War of 1812 artifact is written in original iron gall ink and measures approximately 12 1/2" X 7 3/4" and is perfect for framing and display!