Tuesday, July 22, 2014

22 July 1815

From Letters Received By The Office Of The Adjutant General, 1805-1821, a document in the Willoughby Morgan file:

Postmarked Michilimackinac

"I find myself considerably embarrassed in my command.  ...It is the time that these Islanders cut hay at some ten miles distance for the winter--but my hands are tied for the want of water transportation... .  And above all...I want money.  It is unpossible [sic] without a military agent."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Boats Made Bullet Proof?

From Wisconsin History (Wisconsin Historical Society)

At this time at Prairie du Chien the events of the war of 1812 in that quarter were fresh in the minds of everyone.   I learned that in the spring or summer of 1814 the U.S. government sent boats made bullet proof under a Captain [Frederick] Yeiser, who was in command of the boats, and a company of U.S. troops under Lieut. [Joseph] Perkins to take and retain possession of Prairie du Chien.

Michael Chapu...private in Captain Frederick Yeiser's company of volunteers..wounded 21 July 1814 on board the gunboat Governor Clark in an engagement with the Indians at...Rock River.....


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Young Zachary Taylor

It was soon after the affair of the Chesapeake and Leopard...that young Taylor, only eighteen years of age, applied for a commission in the army... .  At an early age he had associated himself with one of the volunteer corps of Kentucky, and obtained a high reputation for aptitude military science, which was his favorite study.

In 1808, the last year of Mr Jefferson's second administration, and while Gen. Henry Dearborn was Secretary of War, Zachary Taylor received the appointment of Lieutenant in the 7th infantry and his military career in the regular service of the United States.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Buildings Destroyed

Source - Map Of The Niagara Area


Buildings burned and destroyed in St. Davids by General Brown's Army, 19th July, 1814:

David Secord, 3 houses, barns, mill, 2,240 £.
Widow Secord, house, 500 £.
Richard Woodruff, house, shop, 300 £.
Widow Bunting, barn, 75 £.
David Secord, house, etc. 375 £.
Widow Lowell, 200 £.
Samuel Boyd, house, 250 £.
Timothy Street, houses, shop, 430 £.
Estate of T. Bunting, 200 £.
Jacob Lutz, house, 125 £.
John Collard, house, 436 £.
Total: 5,731 £.

Friday, July 18, 2014

To The Petite Cote

Source (Page 266)

Taken from The War On The Detroit The Chronicles Of Thomas Vercheres de Boucherville....:

"During the month of July we had several skirmishes with the enemy [Americans], the most important one being at the bridge over the Canard River, between Sandwich and Amherstburg and about three miles from the latter village."  "Here we had a picket composed of a company of infantry and some artillery men in charge of the fieldpieces stationed there, besides some [Indians] for patrol duty."  "The Americans attacked this picket but were forced to retire in great haste."

"One day in July a band of Indians composed of Shawnees with Tecumseh at their head, besides some Ottawas and Potawatomi came to my store...and asked me if I would go with them to Petite Cote, three miles beyond our picket at River Canard, to deliver a blow to the enemy."

From the American perspective:


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Skirmish At The River Canard

Taken from the War on the Detroit - the chronicles of Thomas Verchères de Boucherville and The capitulation, by an Ohio volunteer, edited by Milo Milton Quaife:

The war began with the Detroit campaign of General Hull, and its first blood was shed in one of the tiny skirmishes at the River Canard, where the highway from Windsor to Amherstburg crosses this unimpressive stream.

According to Wikimapia:

"River Canard was the site of an engagement between British and American forces on July 16, 1812, during the War of 1812. An American force of 280 men under Colonels Cass and Miller skirmished with British troops near the bridge. Two British soldiers, James Hancock and John Dean were captured. Hancock would die of his wounds later in the day, becoming the first British casualty of the war. Dean was taken prisoner to Detroit where his left arm was amputated due to wounds. He would be liberated with the capture of Fort Detroit by the British one month later."