Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bounty On Knaggs' Head

James Knaggs' testimony from the Congressional serial set:

I hereby certify that the foregoing testimony of James Knaggs... . ...of good reputation in the community. ...intimately conversant with the manners circumstances etc. of the old French population.

Source - Canadian Side Of Detroit River

He was engaged in the various conflicts near the Detroit River already described, and in 1813, was in the battle of the Thames under Colonel Richard M. Johnson. While with Hull at Sandwich attached to Colonel McArthur's regiment, he performed important scout service.

On one occasion, accompanied by four men, he penetrated the country as far as the site of the present village of Chatham on the Thames and there captured a Colonel McGregor a burly British officer and a [man] named Jacobs and carried them to Hull's camp. He tied McGregor to a horse and thus took him to the headquarters of his chief. After the surrender, McGregor offered five hundred dollars for the capture of Knaggs dead or alive.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lieutenant Otis Fisher

"Lieutenant Otis Fisher...served in the war of 1812 and lost an arm in the battle of Bridgewater. Later he was stationed at Detroit as quartermaster of the Fifth Infantry. He was about to retire when engaging in a duel..(killed at Sandwich May 3, 1820). He owned a farm on the River Rouge.


Letter from Otis Fisher, Quartermaster, Nov. 21, 1818 [Fold3]:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An Eyewitness At Old Fort Miami

Source [War of 1812 Participant, Not Necessarily At Fort Miami]

In all this however there must be made an exception against the honor of the infamous Proctor, the commander of the allied forces of the enemy. When the prisoners who had been taken from Colonel Dudley's command were taken to the British camp, below the fort, they were put into old Fort Miami, near by, and, in the language of an eyewitness, "the Indians were permitted to garnish the surrounding rampart, and to amuse themselves by loading and firing at the crowd, or at any particular individual. Those who preferred to inflict a still more cruel and savage death, selected their victims, led them to the gateway, and there, under the eye of General Proctor, and in the presence of the whole British army, tomahawked and scalped them.  [Source]

Monday, November 16, 2015

Commodore Decatur At The Close Of 1813


"Decatur remained with his squadron in the harbor of New London in the same state of hopeless inactivity until the close of 1813."

Friday, November 13, 2015

In A Gale Of Wind

Report from Isaac Chauncey to the Hon. Paul Hamilton, Secretary of the Navy, Washington:


Sackett's Harbor, November 13th, 1812
"I arrived here last evening in a gale of wind....".

The cover page and Jackson to Cocke from the same source.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Gone To The Lakes

Below are excerpts (and a photograph) from Genung, Ganong, Ganung Genealogy: A History of the Descendants of Jean ... By Leon Nelson Nichols:

Jonathan Sisson (1784-1857) served in the War of 1812.

Jonas Genung (photo) also served:

Reuben Ganong...sold land...after he had gone to the lakes. Served in the war of 1812.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015



Me-Shin-Go-Me-Sia was born near the mouth of Josina Creek, in Wabash County, not very far from where the battle [Mississinewa] was fought.  The year of his birth is given as about 1782.  

Many facts about the battle were obtained from Me-Shin-Go-Me-Sia; however there was a difference of opinion as to his actual participation in the battle.