Surrender From Hull


This 6" x 9.5" original antique plate was recovered from "A Centennial Edition of the History of The United States" by Benson J. Lossing. The book was published in 1876 by the Thomas Belknap Company of Hartford, CT. Lossing's history was revised and prepared for the American Centennial in 1876. Book details U.S. history ”from the discovery of America, to the end of the first one hundred years of American independence. With a full account of the approaching Centennial celebration. Illustrated by four hundred engravings.”


This illustration, titled "Surrender From Hull," was engraved by H.L. Stephens. The paper shows foxing and light stains towards the edges. Original tissueguard is included. William Hull was an American soldier and politician. He fought in the American Revolution and was appointed as Governor of Michigan Territory (1805–13), gaining large land cessions from several Native American tribes under the Treaty of Detroit (1807). As a general in the War of 1812, Hull is best remembered for surrendering Fort Detroit to the British on August 16, 1812 following the Siege of Detroit. After the battle, Hull was court-martialed, convicted, and sentenced to death. He later received a pardon from President James Madison.

Title page from the original book shown for informational purposes and is not included with the sale.