2.27.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from Citizens of Louisiana

New-Orleans, February 27, 1815

The undersigned citizens of the state of  Louisiana or residents in the country, solicit the attention of Major-general Andrew Jackson, commanding the forces of the United States, in favour of Solomon Broomfield and James Harding, of the 4th regiment of militia, condemned to death by a court-martial. They do not palliate the enormity of the crime of desertion, of which these individuals have been convicted; and they are aware that as the delinquencies of the militia in time of war may be as fatal to the state as those of the regular troops, it is often necessary to punish them with the same severity.
    The undersigned believe however that the late news leaving no doubt but that peace will put an end to the calamities of war, examp[les have become less necessary. They therefore intreat the general to consider if existing circumstances do not reclaim the clemency of the country in favour of two unfortunate men, when their condemnation has answered all the ends which could be desired.
    General, permit the undersigned to remind you that at your voice the militia of this state flew to arms; that all the inhabitants, whatever their origin, united under your standards; you found them ready to sacrifice every thing in defense of Louisiana. On men capable of such generous efforts, the clemency of their chief, rest assured, will have a much more certain effect than severity. They therefore flatter themselves that you will deem it expedient to order that the sentence of the court-martial shall not be executed

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