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An Exposition of the Causes and Character of the War
2 Our Constitutional Logic 577 (2014)
  • Peter J. Aschenbrenner, Purdue University
Abstract
In 1815 Congress produced a post-mortem, its second of the War of 1812, under the title ‘An Exposition of the Causes and Character of the War,’ with a word count at 32,363. The date assigned for publication by the Annals of Congress (according to editors working at a two-decade remove) was February 10. A lot was happening. Events in February, 1815 include the Thankgiving resolution for Jackson’s victory at New Orleans which appears in proceedings for Wednesday February 15 with Monday, February 20 being the day the Treaty of Ghent was sent to the Senate. The Exposition is decidedly exculpatory: although “the necessary precautions had been ordered to assemble the militia for the defence of the city, a variety of causes combined to render the defence unsuccessful; and the enemy took possession of Washington on the evening of the 24th of August, 1814.” Our Constitutional Logic presents Machine Readable text.
Keywords
  • Exposition,
  • post-mortem,
  • War of 1813
Publication Date
June, 2014
Citation Information
Peter J. Aschenbrenner. "An Exposition of the Causes and Character of the War" 2 Our Constitutional Logic 577 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_aschenbrenner/243/