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mildbill Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 6:13 a.m. PST

A spy for Spain while serving in the US Army.

doc mcb22 Jan 2022 7:00 a.m. PST

Yes, he was a slimy one.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 8:18 a.m. PST

He makes history interesting. You think it couldn't happen here, right?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 10:25 a.m. PST

And Mississippi still has a county named for him! I wish our legislature would wise up and change the name but I doubt that will ever happen since we still have a county named for Jefferson Davis.

Hmmm, just read the description of the book at the original poster's link.

In Scoundrel! historian and novelist Keith Thompson mixes fact and fiction with intense characterization and a riveting story.

Now makes me wonder how much of the book will actually be historical. He was in the pay of Spain while he was the the senior officer in the US Army and as Governor of the Louisiana Territory.


doc mcb22 Jan 2022 10:27 a.m. PST

Jeff Davis was an honorable man, and far more distinguished than Wilkinson.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2022 10:59 a.m. PST

I was surprised in he not in the poll for favorite figure from the War of 1812. Have to be interested in a guy who, when taking command of an army, asks if he has the authority to surrender the army.

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