Aaron Burr

Unusual Mississippi Territory Document Signed by [Colonel] James Caller, militia and frontier leader, Battle of Burnt Corn, Creek War, concerning an account with Lemuel Henry, Aaron Burr sympathizer

Document likely signed by [Colonel] James Caller (1758-?) military leader in the first battle of the Creek War and described as a wealthy man hell-bent against the Spaniards of "…considerable frontier influence." One side of this document is dated 1806 and has a lengthy receipt accounting meals and one "Dimmey John" owed by Lemuel Henry to the estate of George Farrar. Verso is dated 1809 and is, again, presumably signed by James Caller as justice of the peace. Caller takes the testimony of a woman stating Lemuel Henry has not settled the account. Lemuel Henry and James Caller both played important roles in the story of Aaron Burr's eventual arrest in the Mississippi Territory. It was Henry who told Burr that he would find men in Washington County, M.T. [later Alabama] who would be sympathetic to help him capture Mobile from the Spaniards. Also, Lemuel Henry's conversation with Burr likely dictated the direction of Burr's flight. As Aaron Burr fled with his followers, chased by General Wilkerson, Burr decided it best to go alone to avoid Wilkerson. Leaving his followers, "[Burr] told his men to sell the arms and supplies as best they could, and he took his last farewell of them... [One of Burr's] men tried to sell a lot of about forty muskets to Lemuel Henry, delegate in the territorial assembly from Washington County on the Tombigee, where the inhabitants were particularly trigger-happy when Spaniards were concerned" [Abernathy, p. 14, Journal of Southern History]. Near Fort Stoddart, Burr's whereabouts were discovered. According to Lagrone, whose story differs from Stoddart, Burr was arrested and found with letters of introduction for Colonel James Caller. Burr had been aware that Caller had been trying to raise a militia to take Mobile and wanted Caller's support [Lagrone, p. 288-289, "Mississippi, as a Province, Territory and State"]. In addition to their involvement with Burr, Caller and Henry were also both commissioners who had been assigned to establish a route from Natchez to Fort Stoddart. In 1813, Caller would lead a militia force in the "Burnt Corn Expedition" which is considered by many to be the beginning of the Creek Wars. Very good with normal folds.

Item: 50165

Price: $1,500.00
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