Appeal for Reinstatement of Sword Colonel Isaac Clark, ALS to 26th Regiment

Appeal for Reinstatement of Sword Colonel Isaac Clark, ALS to 26th Regiment

Regimental Rendezvous,

Burlington May 13, 1815.

To the Officers of the 26th Regt. now at this Rendezvous –


I have the honor of acknowledging the re [-] ceipt of your address of the 12th int. on the subject of my arrest. -The sentiments you have expressed towards me personally, cannot fail of engaging all my feel [-] ings in favor of complying with your earnest request – but having for many years of my life been em [-] ployed on Military duty, and having from long experience, considered it as a privacy [privileged?] duty in every officer of an army to set the example of subordination, that soldiers may be induced the more promptly to follow the example.

The subject of your acidress [sp?] involves a very se [-] rious question, which has not, to my knowledge been decided upon by a court-martial – it therefore be [-] comes my duty to take counsel on the subject before I take a step that may reflect dis honor on my military character. – This being the Just time that I ever received even the slightest repri [-] mand from a superior officer, not even for a mis – take in any of the complicated duties that have been assigned me – therefore, Gentlemen, you cannot but See the pro [-] priety of my desire to preserve the principle so necessary for the government of an army: – but before I close this answer, I beg leave to observe, that it has ever been my expectation that the question would have been promptly decided by the Department of War – and that officers, merely from their high standing in rank, would not in future be permitted to interphere with the recruiting regulations of that Department, which I am conscious of having pursued with unremitting ardor, until sickness deprived the Regiment of my a∫ [-] sistance, in a measure. – In this situation the General deprived me of my sword on the 12th day of July last – and altho’ repeated applica – tions have been made to him in becoming language for a trial, I have not been able to obtain one – neither have I been furnished with a proper copy of the charges, specifications upon which my arrest was predicated, [?] which was necessary to a suitable defense. –

I am, Gentlemen,

very respectfully,

your obedient Servea: [sp?]


Isaac Clark

Original Document provided by Special Collections at the University of Vermont: Documents Pertaining to Isaac Clark, 61

Isaac Clark Papers 1781-1821. Special Collections, University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, Vermont. 61.

Transcription: Paul Fischer

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