The Delaware Historical Society’s featured Old Book this week concerns the War of 1812. It was this week in June of 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain.
The title is The Military Heroes of the War of 1812. Charles J. Peterson. Phila: William A. Leary, 1848. 208 p.
Several excerpts about the war and illustrations from the book are provided below.
Also included in the book is The Military Heroes of the War With Mexico: With a Narrative of the War. By Charles J. Peterson. Phila: William A. Leary, 1848. 282 p.
9.5 x 6.5 inches. Hardbound.
Inscription: John P. Gillis, Philadelphia, Dec. 2, 1848.
This book was owned by Commodore John P. Gillis (1803-1873) who was born and died in Wilmington, Delaware. Gillis served with distinction in the Mexican-American War and in the Civil War commanded the ships Monticello, Ossipee and the Seminole in the Union Blockade.
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