Saturday, May 30, 2015

Zebulon Pike's Military Career

 He became the lieutenant-colonel of the 4th Infantry Dec. 31st, 1809. From Apr. 3d, 1812, to July 3d of that year, he was on duty as deputy quartermaster-general. He became the colonel of the 15th Infantry July 6th, 1812, and was appointed to be brigadier-general Mar. 12th, 1813. But before this appointment was confirmed General Pike had been killed at the head of the troops he led to the assault on York, Upper Canada, April 27th, 1813, aged 34 years, 3 months, 22 days.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rising Up In Illinois

From: Rising Up from Indian Country:...:

John Leigh and John Kelso, an army private working the farm in his free time, fled ...and Private John Kelso came running away from the Winnebago attack.

According to Early Chicago:

Kelso, John  U.S. Army private at Fort Dearborn, enlisted in December 1805; accepted discharge on Dec. 17, 1810, when his term expired; stayed to be a tutor to the Kinzie children and then a field hand on Leigh’s farm; on April 6, 1812, marauding Winnebago attacked and he escaped with John Leigh, and alarmed the garrison at the fort; rejoined the army May 3 as a private and was killed in action at the massacre of Aug. 15.

An 1812 service record for a John Kelso:


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mr. Barnes With A Musket

Gun And Its Parts

"Mr. Barnes, of the nail manufactory, with a musket, and fired on the barges while we had ammunition, and then retreated to the common, where I kept waving my hat to the militia, who had run away, to come to our assistance, but they proved cowardly and would not come back.  At the same time an English officer on horseback, followed by the marines, rode up and took me with two muskets in my hand. I was carried on board the Maidstone frigate, where I remained until released, three days since." [Source]

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Battle Of The Sink Hole

Photo From An Adjacent County Of The Sink Hole Site

From Wikipedia:

The Battle of the Sink Hole was fought on May 24, 1815, after the official end of the War of 1812, between Missouri Rangers and Sauk Indians led by Black Hawk. The Sauk were unaware, or did not care, that their British patrons had signed the Treaty of Ghent with the U.S.

The most famous of these expeditions was that made in 1814 by a company of mounted rangers raised by Peter Craig of Cape Girardeau county. Many of the members of the company had served under Captain Ramsay in 1813; they were now enlisted for a period of one year to serve on the frontiers of Missouri and Illinois, and they became a part of a regiment commanded by Colonel William Russell.

After the company was was sent to North Missouri and while there fought the battle of the Sink Hole (Lincoln County, near Cape au Gris). [Source]