General James Wilkinson

Display Name: 
General James Wilkinson
Sort Name: 
Wilkinson, James General
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
American General
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, March 24, 1757
Origin: 
Benedict, Maryland
Real?: 
Yes
Biography: 

Twice appointed Senior Officer of the U.S. Army between 1796 and 1812, James Wilkinson was a very controversial figure - while he fought for the young American nation, he was also secretly a paid agent of the Spanish crown. In the story "General Wilkinson" appears as an "intimate" friend of de Vitry in New Orleans (318). He lived in that city at several different times between 1787 and 1807.

Note: 
James Wilkinson was a Captain in the Continental Army and for a time served under Benedict Arnold. He would later be embroiled in the Spanish Conspiracy of the 1780s in which he reputedly tried to get Western frontiersmen to pledge fealty to the Spanish Crown. In the story, it is "said" that he is a close friend of de Vitry (318).
Ontological Status: 
Historical/Real
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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