June 4, 1821 : Detroiters Present Alexander Macomb with Silver Tankard

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June 4, 2020 all-day
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In 1821, when he left for Washington to become Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, the citizens of Detroit presented him with a silver tankard of gratitude bearing the inscription:

PRESENTED

to

MAJOR-GENERAL ALEXANDER MACOMB

by

THE CITIZENS OF HIS NATIVE PLACE, DETROIT,

AS A TESTIMONIAL

OF ATTACHMENT AND RESPECT

FOR HIS PERSON AND CHARACTER

June 4, A.D., 1821

Alexander Macomb went on to become, like Alexander Hamilton (and Mad Anthony Wayne!) before him, Commanding General of the U.S. Army.

He also painted this —

(Detroit as Seen from Canadian Shore, 1821. Alexander Macomb. Source.)

— and wrote a play about Chief Pontiac. Renaissance man!

Excerpt from Amy Elliott Bragg, “Detroit history in Washington, D.C.: Alexander Macomb“, Night Train, May 9, 2012.