Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Zachary Taylor's Early Career


Colonel Taylor destined his son William for the Army, while Zachary was to be a farmer. The former died soon after entering the service and Zachary, earnestly desiring a military career, received from President Jefferson a commission as first lieutenant in the Seventh Infantry. This commission was dated May 3, 1808, a few months before Zachary Taylor s relative, James Madison, was elected president of the United States.

The young officer reported to General Wilkinson at New Orleans, but was soon stricken with yellow fever and forced to return home to be nursed back to health. His marriage occurred about a year later and on November 30, 1810, he was promoted and became a captain. In 1811 his regiment, the Seventh, marched northward with the Fourth Infantry to serve under General Harrison, then governor of the Northwest territory, who was endeavoring to subdue the Indians.

The battle of Tippecanoe was fought November 7, 1811. The second war with Great Britain began in less than a year the act declaring war was dated June 18, 1812 and in September the young captain had his first real baptism of fire. In command of a single company of the Seventh, he was defending Fort Harrison when, on September 10, 1812, it was attacked by the Indians, who greatly outnumbered the little garrison, and there he displayed such bravery, skill, and resourcefulness in defense that he was warmly praised by his superior officers and was brevetted major by the President.

His service against the Indians of the North west continued until the close of the war, and on May 15, 1814, he received the full rank of major and was assigned to the Twenty-sixth Infantry. He then led
an expedition against the Indians and their British allies on Rock river and further distinguished himself. [Source]

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Lewis G. De Russy (Officer And Graduate Of West Point)

There's a short biography of Lewis G. De Russy here that included the following:

" He was the oldest West Point graduate to serve as an officer in the Confederate Army, and he had three Confederate forts named after him. (He also had a brother and a nephew who were generals in the Union Army, and between the three of them there were five Fort DeRussys.)"
This blog post has a photo of De Russy here.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Battle Of Autosee Creek


"...the restless Seminoles and bitter Creeks were on the war path in both Southern Georgia and Alabama."

"A body of Georgia troops under the command of General John Floyd...marched into the Indian Nation beyond the Ocmulgee near Columbus. Here he built Fort Mitchell and marching westward fought the battle of Autosee, in which he was wounded. The general was the first man to march through the great Okefinokee swamp where he cut a road known as Floyd's trail. The war ended with the battle of New Orleans early in 1815. During this period the war with England and the war of the Creeks came to an end." [Source]

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Glamour Of The War Of 1812

Surgeon General Clement Alexander Finley's brief biography:

"The glamour of the War of 1812 still hovered over the military service...".

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Trading Post At Fort Mitchell In Alabama

"What was called the Aulochewan country abounded in the finest lands."

Trading Post At Fort Mitchell

"Fort Mitchell, the agent's residence, was not far from a beautiful lake, abounding with fish, and communicating with other lakes and rivers, affording excellent navigation to the hearts of the settlements. The orange tree grew spontaneously there melons at almost any season. The sugarcane, the cotton plant, Indian corn, the richest products of a genial soil and climate might be cultivated in luxurious abundance."

Saturday, November 17, 2018

He Was Only Fifteen

From The Genesee Country

"As my father was only fifteen they thought he had better stay at home.  But the war got him.  In 1813 he was hauling stone for the old arsenal when General Scott's officers came along and impressed his team and him.  He was sent to Albany to bring on supplies.  He got a land warrant for eighty acres of land for this involuntary service.  He said that it was the only time that lightning ever struck him."