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Matthew Dudley ’14 to Deliver Presentation on War of 1812 General

3/1/14 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Slias Wright House
3 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617


Matthew Dudley ’14, a history major at St. Lawrence University, will deliver a presentation on War of 1812 General James Wilkinson, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association located at the Silas Wright House, 3 Main Street in Canton.

A native of Cazenovia, N.Y., Dudley began studying General James Wilkinson’s career in the Fall of 2011, focusing mainly on Wilkinson’s 1813-1814 winter campaign in the North Country. This past summer, thanks to funding from St. Lawrence University, Dudley furthered his investigation of Wilkinson’s life in the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, and at the Chicago History Museum.

Wilkinson’s adventures ranged from Mexico City to Braintree, from Havana to Quebec City. The sources uncovered by Dudley in Seville and Chicago shed new light on Wilkinson’s service to not only the United States and Spain but also the revolutionary governments of Mexico.

During his presentation, Dudley will focus on these new sources in particular in an effort to deepen our understanding of how Wilkinson became an occasional Spaniard and a Fair-weather Patriot in service to the United States and Mexico.

For more information, contact the historical association at 315-386-8133.