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People/Characters: James Wilkinson

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1776 by David McCullough
187 Things You Should Know about the War of 1812 by Donald R. Hickey
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Amateurs, to Arms!: A Military History of the War of 1812 by John R. Elting
An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson by Andro Linklater
The Burr Conspiracy by Thomas Perkins Abernethy
Eagle and Sword: The Beginnings of the Military Establishment in America by Richard H. Kohn
Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison's Commanders in the War of 1812 by Colonel David Fitz-Enz
Pinckney's treaty; America's advantage from Europe's distress, 1783-1800 by Samuel Flagg Bemis
The War of 1812 by John K. Mahon
The War of 1812: A Complete Chronology with Biographies of 63 General Officers by Bud Hannings Major Brigadier General
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes by Jay Feldman

Character description

James Wilkinson (1757-1825): American general. As a young man, he fought in the Revolutionary War, and was made brevet Brigadier General for bringing word of Saratoga to Congress. But his honesty was dubious, and he later became a spy for Spain. He nonetheless rose to be the army's senior general, which post he still held in 1812 -- at which time he was also governor of Louisiana. He served in the War of 1812 with limited distinction, although he did capture Mobile, Alabama. He was relieved of command during the war and never served again. Although acquitted by a court of various charges, he was widely regarded as a traitor.

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