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HULL, William, (1753-1825) was an American soldier and politician. He fought in the American Revolution and was appointed as Governor of Michigan Territory (1805–13), gaining large land cessions from several Native American tribes under the Treaty of Detroit (1807). As a general in the War of 1812, Hull is best remembered for surrendering Fort Detroit to the British on August 16, 1812 following the Siege of Detroit. After the battle, Hull was court-martialed, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, he received a pardon from President James Madison, and his reputation has recovered somewhat. Letter Signed “Wm. Hull” to Major General William North, 1pp., Boston, February 8, 1813, VG. In full, “I am accused by the government of treason against the United States, and cowardice during the time I commanded the northwestern army. For these high crimes I am to be tried by a courtmartial, of which Brigadier-general Wade Hampton is president, which will convene at Philadelphia on the twenty-fifth inst. I will thank you to address an open letter to the president of the court, and inclose the same to me at Philadelphia, stating on honor what you know respecting my military conduct during the Revolutionary war, the battles I was engaged in, and my general character with regard to bravery and courage.” Research advises the verdict, “Present all the members. The court in consequence of their determination respecting the second and third charges, and the specifications under those charges, exhibited against the said Brigadier General William Hull—and alter due consideration, do sentence him to be shot to death, two thirds of the court concurring in the sentence. The court in consideration of Brigadier General Hull's revolutionary services, and his advanced age, earnestly recommend him to the mercy of the President of the United States....”
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This Revolutionary and War of 1812 General Speaks of the Accusation of Treason Against Him

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