Capture of HMS Boxer

Date Written

Sept. 10, 1813

History Referenced

John Ingersoll was 21 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Nathaniel Ingersoll, was 59 when it was received.

John Ingersoll died 4 years, 25 days after writing this.
It was written 205 years, 10 months, 9 days ago.
It was a Friday.

New York
Sept. 10, 1813

Dear Parents,

I arrived at this place Sunday morning about 10 o’clock & I am in good health & hope you are the same. I Board at Hardy Meads in Cherry Street. At present I have nothing to do but to call and see Col. Bogardus. Every day I expect orders soon to recruit. Yesterday I went with the Col. And some of the other officers to visit the forts in a sail boat. The Col. Is a very fine man indeed and the other officers are all very fine young men. I don’t know but what the Col. Will send me up in Westchester County to recruit. If so, I shall be home soon.

I expect you know more about the war in the Sound than we do. The gun boats have gone up & a private armed vessel was fitted out here yesterday.

The privateer Enterprise has taken the Boxer and carried her into Portland. There we were sixty killed on board the Boxer. I did not know how I should get a letter up to you but Warring told me a few minutes ago that he was going up.

Pleas to give my respects to all enquiring friends. I remain your dutiful son.

John Ingersoll

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