What is this?
A Masonic Oration on the Death of Brother William S. Bush, Lieutenant of the Marines.
When is it from?
November 26, 1812
Why is it Important?
Lieutenant William Sharp Bush commanded USS Constitution‘s Marine Guard during the opening months of the War of 1812. DuringConstitution‘s engagement with the British frigate Guerriere on August 19, 1812, the two ships collided. Bush, at the head of his Marines, turned to Captain Isaac Hull and called “Sir, shall I board her?” Before he could receive a reply, a British musket ball struck him in the head, killing him instantly.
This Masonic Oration, a eulogy for a fallen brother, was delivered on November 26, 1812, “before the officers of the R[ight] W[orshipful] Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania,” as well as the members of Lodge no. 51 â€“ the lodge to which Bush belonged. The oration provides a short biography and description of Bush’s character, a detailed narrative of his encounter with HMS Guerriere, and information concerning his involvement with the Masonic Order.
A 16-page string-bound pamphlet measuring 8 3/8″ high by 5 3/16″ wide. The pages have browned with age and have some spotting, with a few water stains at the top. The edges contain a few small tears and folds.
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