David Trimble papers

Abstract

The David Trimble papers (dated 1813; 0.15 cubic feet; 135 items) consist of the quartermaster records created by David Trimble, the acting Quartermaster for Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.

Descriptive Summary

Title
David Trimble papers
Date
1813
Creator
Trimble, David, 1782-1842
Extent
0.15 Cubic feet
Subjects
Fugitive slaves--United States.
Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Slavery--United States.
Soldiers--Correspondence.
United States--History--War of 1812
United States--History--War of 1812--Campaigns.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda M. Reeve
Preferred Citation
60M83: [Identification of item], David Trimble papers, 1813, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
David Trimble (1782-1842) was the quartermaster for the first Brigade Mounted Kentucky Militia under General Green Clay (1757-1828) during the War of 1812. He served with General William Henry Harrison's (1773-1841) command at Fort Meigs in Northwestern Ohio. While at Fort Meigs, Trimble served as the acting Quartermaster for the fort. Following the war, Trimble served as a United States Representative from 1817 until 1827 when he failed to win reelection.
General William Henry Harrison began construction on Fort Meigs in February 1813, to support military action in Canada during the War of 1812. Harrison named the fort in Northwestern Ohio after Ohio Governor Return J. Meigs, Jr., due to support in the form of supplies and additional militia. Fort Meigs withstood two sieges: one in May and one in July of 1813. British General Henry Proctor (1763-1822) and Shawnee chief Tecumseh (1768-1813) led the first siege during which over 500 Kentucky troops, commanded by Colonel William Dudley, were captured or massacred. Unable to overwhelm the fort, Proctor retreated to Detroit at the end of May 1813. Following the first siege, Harrison mobilized most of his troops, leaving General Green Clay behind in Fort Meigs. Clay withstood the second siege in July 1813. Harrison ordered the fort dismantled in the fall of 1813 after the British abandoned the area.
Sources
"Trimble, David (1782-1842)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. n.d. Web. 31 March 2014.
Scope and Content
David Trimble papers (dated 1813; 0.15 cubic feet; 135 items) consist of the quartermaster records created by David Trimble, the acting Quartermaster for Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. The records include requests for supplies, accounts of their use, and general inventories. Additionally, the records contain general orders and correspondence, usually relating to supplies. The supplies mentioned are horses, packhorses, saddles, uniforms, ammunition, blankets, paper, quills, ink, shoes, and food items. Notable names include General William Henry Harrison, General Green Clay, Colonel William Dudley, and Colonel William E. Boswell. Items of note include a letter requesting that Trimble work for the return of a slave stolen and sold in Detroit after the River Raisin Massacre early in 1813 (Box 1, Folder 3) and a record of William Henry Harrison's travel east after the Meigs campaign (Box 1, Folder 4).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

, 1813 March-April

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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, 1813 May

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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, 1813 June-July

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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, 1813 October, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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