Item 35 is a letter from A. Callender to his brother Levi Callender dated July 10, 1814. A. Callender had participated in the Battle of Chippawa, an American victory during the War of 1812. The battle took place near Chippawa, Ontario, as Americans attacked the British. The attack was launched as the Americans realized that with Napoleon's deteriorating situation in Europe, the British would likely be able to soon supplement their forces in America. The decision was to attack before such reinforcements arrived. Callender describes the carnage at the scene in his letter: "Arms, legs and in fact every part of body mangled. One was tomahawked in five places through the scull [sic] was brought here alive. Likewise three that were scalped, all save one of which have since died" (Indians were among the combatants). $5,500.
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