The War of 1812 Magazine
Issue 7: September 2007
Documents, Artefacts and Imagery
A Bible Belonging to Brigadier General John Parker
John Parker Boyd was born in
In August 1812, Boyd was promoted to brigadier general
and placed in command of the forces in
Although acknowledged as a brave man, Boyd was not
particularly intelligent and known by the nickname “Tippy Canoe.” Boyd
was sharply criticized for his defeat and was never given another
command. He left the army in 1815 and retired to
The following photos of a bible belonging to Boyd were provided by
Charlotte Dillard, who accidentally came across it while searching
for other titles at a bookshop. It is a pocket sized two-volume edition,
The Editor wishes to thank Mrs Charlotte Dillard for kindly providing the images of this unique artifact related to a figure from the War of 1812 and for details regarding it.
Click on the image for a larger view.
Biographical data from:
Donald E. Graves. Field of Glory: The Battle
of Crysler’s Farm, 1813.
Robert Malcomson. Historical Dictionary of the War of 1812, Lanham, The Scarecrow Press, 2006, p. 52.
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