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Trial; Hamilton, James, Defendant
Sketches of the Life, And a Narrative of the Trial of James Hamilton
1818. [Trial]. Hamilton, James [1791-1818], Defendant. Sketches of the Life, And a Narrative of the Trial of James Hamilton, Who Was Tried and Convicted, And Sentenced to be Hung, The 6th November, For the Murder of Major Benjamin Birdsall, Of the United States Army. To Which is Added, A Succinct Statement of the Facts Relative to the Murder by Lieut. Scott. Also, The Interview had With Major Birdsall During His Last Moments, By the Rev. Hooper Cumming. Also the Rev. Hooper Cumming's Address to the Soldiers of Major Birdsall's Company, And the Officers, Soldiers, And Citizens, At the Interment of Maj. Birdsall. Albany: S.n, 1818. 16 pp. Octavo (10" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet, untrimmed edges, woodcut image of a man hanging from a gallows on title page. Light browning, occasional foxing, a few minor tears. * An unrecorded imprint according to McDade. "This was a particularly senseless crime, probably the result of simple viciousness and liquor. Hamilton was a refractory and quarrelsome soldier with an ungovernable temper. He had tried to drive off a negro who wanted to enlist and was reprimanded for it by [Major Birdsall]. He returned with a rifle and deliberately shot the Major. One of the reports describes the rope's breaking at the execution and his being hanged a second time" (McDade). McDade notes a variant with a slightly different title and an additional sentence: "To which is added his last speech and dying words." Our copy seems to offer another variation. It is identical to McDade's entry except for the title page image, which features a hanging … [Click Below for Full Description]
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