In defense of Maine

6/27/1837

Following the arrest by British authorities of a state official performing his duties in the contested area of northern Maine, the state’s Adjutant General, A.B. Thompson, issued this general order. It alerted all soldiers in the state to hold themselves in readiness for a call to arms. British authorities often arrested American officials working in the disputed area, usually transporting them to the prison in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

National Archives, Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations


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