2.07.2013

"When will our Commanders acquit themselves in a way required by their duty & the national expectation?"


Clarksburg 
Febry 7th 1813

Dear Sir.
The disastrous news from the Army under Winchester recd. by last mail has filled me with the most unutterable grief & surprise. Gracious God! when will our Commanders acquit themselves in a way required by their duty & the national expectation? Nothing [illeg.] place the exceeds of those who suffer [illeg.] a negligence, incompatible with success in any emergency productive of ruin in the recent one -- It seems to me that life would be odious to me had I been the commander of the detachment & had escaped from the general carnage Genl Winchester is saved from these reflections by having fallen also & because it is the dictate of humanity & liberality de mortus not rise [illeg. complete line.] error & blot it out forever -- In an army great or small there must be but one head alike entitled to the obedience of all, & responsible for all their misfortunes against which prudent foresight could have guarded. I very much fear my brother Washington was in the action & if so he too is withered in his bloom & his call as a clod of the valley - I have not received a line from Genl. Harrison & the papers recd by last mail contain the first intimation that he had taken up his line of march. even now I would make the effort to overtake him did I believe he wished me with him, but I doubt it first because of the conduct of Campbell & now because of his silence - If he wrote how could his letters miscarry? the Post Master at Marietta promised to forward any directed to his office & none I dare presume ever reached it - I can form no conjecture of my destination, many very many press me to run for Congress & are holding meetings for that purpose. whether I am to yield up my reluctance & offer: go into the army, or stay at home & follow my plans of manufacturning &c I know not -- Who is to be your Senator in Congress, & where will you be next season? write me every thing
Affectionately yours
J G Jackson

To Return Meigs

Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society

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