The following is my transcription of Isaac Shelby‘s “Order for recruitment of troops for the War of 1812” for the Kentucky Militia, to fight against Upper Canada in the War of 1812.
FRANKFORT, July 31st, 1813.
THE following address to the militia of Kentucky will inform you of the call that has been made upon the governor of Kentucky for a reinforcement to the North Western Army; and of my views as to the mode of complying with it. I forward one to you particularly, sir, under the hope that you will exert your influence to bring into the field all the men in your power. Be so good as to acknowledge the receipt of the letter, and apprise me of the calculations which I may make of the number of men that can be raised in your county—and whether it will suit your convenience to go with us. I shall at all times take a pleasure in acknowledging the public spirit by which you will be actuated—and the obligations you will lay me under
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, sir, your obt. serv’t.
Norborne B. Bealle, Esq.
MILITIA OF KENTUCKY
YOUR government has taken measures to act effectually against the enemy in Upper Canada. Gen. Harrison, under the authority of the President of the United States, has called upon me for a strong body of troops to assist in effecting the grand objects of the campaign. The enemy in hopes to find us unprepared, has again invested Fort Meigs; but he will again be mistaken; and before you can take the field he will be driven from that post.
To comply with the requisition of Gen. Harrison, a draft might be enforced; but believing as I do, that the ardor and patriotism of my countrymen has not abated, and that they have waited with impatience a fair opportunity of avenging the blood of their butchered friends, I have appointed the 31st day of August next, at Newport, for a general rendezvous of KENTUCKY VOLUNTEERS. I will meet you there in person. I will lead you to the field of battle, and share with you the dangers and honors of the campaign. Our services will not be required more than sixty days after we reach headquarters.
I invite all officers, and others possessing influence, to come forward with what mounted men they can raise ; each shall command the men he may bring into the field. The superior officers will be appointed by myself at the place of general rendezvous, or on our arrival at headquarters ; and I shall take pleasure in acknowledging to my country the merits and public spirit of those who may be useful in collecting a force for the present emergency.
Those who have good rifles, and know how to use them will bring them along. Those who have not, will be furnished with muskets at Newport.
Fellow Citizens! Now is the time to act; and by one decisive blow, put an end to the contest in that quarter.
Frankfort, July 31st, 1813.
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