William Tatham

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William Tatham (1752-1819) was an engineer, who served under Colonel Thomas Nelson and was at Yorktown during the American Revolution. After the war, he became a lawyer in North Carolina, but went back to England in 1796 to only return for better prospects in 1805. Thomas Jefferson contacted Tatham before he left to get a Camera Obscura.[1]

For a short time, Tatham sent reports to Jefferson during the Chesapeake Affair about British naval movements in the Chesapeake.[2]


  1. See 19 August 1805. Library of Congress and 24 November 1805. Library of Congress.
  2. See 6 July 1807 at the Library of Congressand 28 July 1807 at Library of Congress.

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