Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fort McKay


This article [Wikipedia] is about the fort in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (links added):

Fort Shelby was a United States military installation in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, built in 1814. The fort was captured by the British during the Siege of Prairie du Chien in July 1814. The British renamed the fort Fort McKay after Major William McKay, the commander of the forces that won the battle. Fort McKay remained under British control until 1815, when the British destroyed it before leaving the area. Fort Crawford was built on the same site in 1816.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Skirmishing And Spies Near Defiance

Fort Defiance (Ohio) In Granite

From Elias Darnell -- A journal containing an accurate and interesting ...;

[Sept.? 1812] 27th. The spies and Capt. Garrard's troop started this morning to bury the dead. They were attacked by a party of Indians who were watching the dead. One of the spies got shot in the ankle by an Indian. They fired on the Indians, and with the assistance of Capt. Garrard, they made them run... .  It was supposed some of them were badly wounded. Capts. Hickman and Ruddell returned, who had started this morning to reconnoitre Fort Defiance. They reported, that they saw many fresh signs of Indians. As they returned to camp they spied an encampment of Indians; the Indians were talking and laughing merrily. A detachment was sent after dark in order to surprise them. Ruddell, their pilot, got lost before he got far, so that they could not execute their design.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Prelude: Napoleon's Berlin Decree


Berlin Decree of 21 November 1806 issued by Napoleon:

"The decree forbade the import of British goods into European countries allied with or dependent upon France, and installed the Continental System in Europe. His plan was to unite the European countries against Britain."

From The war of 1812 ...:  21st November 1806: Placed in a position of power apparently impregnable by his recent victory of Jena (14th Oct, 1806) which left the Prussian monarchy prostrate at his feet; but smarting still with the galling memory of Trafalgar, the French Emperor deemed the opportunity afforded by the complete humiliation of Prussia favorable for returning as fiercely and as fully as he could the terrible blow inflicted by Great Britain in the annihilation of his navy. 

Britain's response to the Berlin Decree, the Orders In Council (1807), caused tension between the United States and Britain, which eventually led to war between them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Isaiah B. Sexton

From The Constitution and Register of Membership of the General Society of the War of 1812:

*Sexton, Isaiah B. (Penna. Society) Sparta, Kent Co., Mich.
Served 6 months
Company Commander, Captain Moses Waters
New York State Militia
*Died ___, 1897, aged 92 years, 8 months
[He died November 19, 1897]

From the Journal of the American Medical Association (1897):

From the History of Kent County:


Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925
Age (Expanded): 83 years
Birth Year: 1806
Birthplace: Lewis Co., N. Y.
Spouse's Name: Anna R. Hodge Salmon
Spouse's Age (Expanded): 63 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1826
Spouse's Birthplace: Yates Co., N. Y.
Event Date: 29 Mar 1889
Event Place: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan
Father's Name: Charles Sexton
Mother's Name: Abigail Butler
Spouse's Father's Name: Jacob Hodge
Spouse's Mother's Name: Abigail Rowley

His death record indicated that Mr. Sexton was a divorced physician.  His parents were Charles and Abigail (Butler) Sexton.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An Historical Marker In Erie County


The always wonderful Dorene sent this link of the Sandusky Register to me.  This newspaper article, entitled "Historical marker remembers War of 1812 - It recalls time when Sandusky area was the western frontier" by Tom Jackson was published November 6, 2014.

The article noted that an historical marker, sponsored by the Erie County Historical Society,  was erected (see images in the article).

Pre-War Queenstown


Queenstown--From a drawing by Mrs. Simcoe, taken during the Revolutionary War [later the scene of the Battle of Queenstown Heights].