Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Battle of Cote Sans Dessein


" Cote Sans Dessein, Baptiste Louis Roi heroically resisted the attack of a large body of Indians on his cabin. Intrenched [sic] in his primitive 'castle,' he fired on..[them] with unerring aim as often as they approached, the women of his household keeping his rifles loaded and at his hand. He killed fourteen Indians before they withdrew, and it is not improbable that this was the bloodiest engagement of the war in this region. News of General Jackson's victory at New Orleans was received February 18, 1815, and the firing of a national salute and a general illumination of houses attested the joy of the people over the result of that memorable battle." [Source]*

Rangers from St. Louis came to their relief:

*"News of the conclusion of the treaty of peace with Great Britain was announced in St. Louis March 11, 1815."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Claims From Washington Burning

Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims which ..., Volume 2

List of Private Claims Presented to the House Of Representatives....

Categories (most):

Name of claimant, Nature or Object of the Claim, How Brought to Representatives, No. or Date of the Report, How Disposed

The first example:

Hodge, George - Indemnity For Loss By The Burning Of Washington

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zachary Taylor's Executive Ability


"He was a soldier, with good executive ability."

"At the time Taylor had reached his twenty-first year he was a tough, rough, and vigorous fellow ready for any emergency calling for pluck, endurance ,and sound manly judgment. His father had been a soldier, and the circumstances in which he had been reared led his inclinations in the same way."

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.