Thursday, July 8, 2010

How Many Days of Service and Were Sundays Common?

Issue 49 of Casefile Clues analyzes (in part) the War of 1812 pension file of Levi Rhodes who served from Hawkins County, Tennessee.

A secondary source in the file indicates his service was from 13 November 1814 until 2 June 1815. The file indicates this was 202 days of service. The website Wolfram Alpha indicates it was 201 days--maybe they are not counting the "start" day and the "end" date--but that's just a guess right now.

View what Wolfram Alpha has to say about the date range here: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=13+November+1814+to+2+June+1815

It indicates Rhodes enlisted on a Sunday. Am wondering if that was typical?

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