John Stark’s Last Orders

By 1809, the general is far too old and sick to travel…

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This is how I imagine General John & Molly Stark may have composed his response to the 1809 invitation to a veterans’ reunion for the Battle of Bennington; see H. P. Moore’s A Life of General John Stark of New Hampshire (p.499-500) for more complete texts from both the invitation and Stark’s reply.  The NH Almanac also mentions this correspondence.  Stark seems to have held deeply-seated prejudices against the “perfidious” British, which may have been borne out in the years leading up to the War of 1812.

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