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New York State Museum]: [Hamilton, James]
NEW-YORK STATE MUSEUM, OLD CITY-HALL, S. MARKET-STREET, ALBANY.A STRIKING REPRESENTATION OF THE MURDER OF MAJOR BIRDSALL, BY JAMES HAMILTON.
[Albany, N.Y, 1855. Broadside, 20 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches. Woodcut illustration in upper margin. Four closed tears (no loss to text), seven early repairs to tears (text slightly affected), old folds and crumpling, some soiling, but overall still sharp and clear. Good. A dramatic broadside announcing a new waxwork exhibit depicting the murder of Major Benjamin Birdsall by James Hamilton, along with Hamilton's subsequent execution by hanging. At the very top, there is a small woodcut of Hamilton on the gallows. The text below promises that viewers can see the scene "at the moment the ball entered the Major's side. Both the figures are dressed in the same clothing worn by them at the time the affair took place; and the Rifle in the hands of Hamilton, is the identical one with which the murderous deed was committed." Visitors are also guaranteed "a correct likeness of James Hamilton on the gallows, the moment previous to his execution, dressed in the identical apparel worn by him at the time, and the same rope round his neck with which he was hung." According to his brief autobiography (dictated to Calvin Pepper), Hamilton's was a sad story: a rough childhood in which he turned to crime, and was in and out of debt and trouble, until he learned that soldiers were exempt from the bailiffs, and so he enlisted in the 6th U.S. Infantry Regiment in Albany in 1812. He fought at York and Fort George, and was then captured by the British. After his release, he bounced in and out of the Army - tried to join the Navy - and was in and out of the Army again. Despite slipping deeper into vice an … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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