Friday, August 28, 2015

John Mayser, Administrator

Michigan, Probate Records, Wayne Probate packets 1815-1816...:


Rampier, John
Wayne County, Michigan, Probate File# 141 1/2
Mayser, John (Half-Brother) and Administrator)
A Private In Capt. John Biddle's Co.
U.S. Corps Of Artillery

28 August 1816


....acquainted with Montice Rompier, commonly called John Mason....
....John Rompier killed at the Siege Of Fort Erie in 1814....[Image 503]
[Montice Rompier claimed the land bounty...]

NARA records on [also here] [Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914] stated that Rampier's birthplace was Saxony and he enlisted in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unpopular In New England

Source (New England Landmark In Boston)

"Because the War of 1812 was unpopular in New England, the writers of that section wrote that which was not true, and that which has given our people, especially since the Civil War, a wrong notion of our soldiers in the War of 1812." [Source]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Determined To Attack Baltimore


"The British now determined to attack Baltimore. After Gordon had rejoined the fleet, the vessels, under a great press of canvas, ran for the mouth of the Patapsco. Meanwhile the inhabitants of Baltimore, under the leadership of the mayor, had set to work vigorously to strengthen the defences of the city."

Monday, August 24, 2015

Burning Washington

Psychological Warfare?

Source - View of White House Circa 1799

At 6 o'clock, after a rest of two hours, the British resumed their march and about dark, encamped a short distance east of the Capitol. Up to this time the raid had been conducted as an eminently proper military movement, but suddenly the British began to execute literally the orders given by Cochrane. The two wings of the Capitol were the only parts finished, but these were set afire and in the conflagration the Library of Congress and many valuable public documents were destroyed. Ross and Cockburn with about 200 men marched quietly along Pennsylvania Avenue to the President's house and set it afire...". [Source]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

British Spy Near Niagara


Letter dated 1812 Aug. 10 

Hall, Amos, fl. 1813  Army Officer
Autographed letter signed. 3 p. 25 cm.

Head Quarters, Niagara Frontier. To William Wadsworth (1761 - 1833). Deals with the court martial trial of John Ryan [citizen of the United States] a British spy.

Directed that a court martial be held at the house of a Warren Sadler, Innkeeper at Schlosser...county of Niagara...

Frederick Richmond (last named above), Adjutant,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Apparent Even To The Enemy

Unknown Source

The New Nation Grows... included a section entitled, "A Cowardly Commander Surrenders Detroit."

"The day after the Fort Dearborn massacre General William Hull surrendered Detroit to General Brock, the British commander. Hull's incompetence and cowardice were apparent even to the enemy."

"...[an] account was written by Thomas Vercheres de Boucherville, a French Canadian serving in the British army."