Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1815 Letter Written Near Cat Island



Ship Island (Adjacent To Cat Island)

LETTER OF A BRITISH OFFICER 
[C. J. Forbes]

On Board H. M. S. Alceste
Off Cat Island, 28th Jan., 1815

Source [ Excerpted Letter]

A summary of Charles Forbes and his letter (Trent University Library):

While in the British Army, Charles Forbes was present for the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Our donation contains a letter written 29 Jan. 1815 on board H.M.S. Alceste, off Cat Island (near New Orleans), and sent to James Cobb, Secretary, East India Company (a cousin). In the letter Charles says that the information given to the Admiral was “fallacious” and that unlike what they had been led to believe, no “settlers of Louisiana and the Floridas” flocked to join the British cause and hence they had insufficient troops for the encounter with the Americans. It’s interesting to note that even by the end of January, Charles did not know that a treaty to end the War had been signed.




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Commodore Charles Morris


Housed at the William L. Clements Library are Commodore Morris's papers:

"...papers contain letters and documents relating to the naval career of Commodore Charles Morris, during the War of 1812... ".




"As Isaac Hull's First Lieutenant on the Constitution, it was Morris who recommended warping or kedging to escape the overwhelming British squadron that pursued her. Subsequent to the action with the Guerriere, and in which he was grievously wounded, Morris was promoted to Captain's rank; much to the ire of those his senior on the list waiting for the same honor; bypassing that of Master Commandant."

Charles Morris married Harriet Bowen in February 1815.  He died on January 27, 1856.








Monday, January 26, 2015

Lost On The Brig Adams


Sylvester Day, surgeon, 5th Regiment, wrote the letter (seen below) on January 26, 1816.  The original letter is archived at the NARA in Letters Received By The Office Of The Adjutant General, 1805-1821:


Source
"The first of these documents, I once received, but it was lost with my baggage, in the Brig Adams, Oct. 1812."  Note:  General Hull's baggage was also lost on the Brig Adams.

Day was also listed on John Stewart's probate, as admin.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

By Order Of The President?


Source

Taken from Opinions of attorneys general..., the Opinion of 25 January 1821:



After the opinion I had the honor to express to you in the case of General Armstrong on the 25th January last, there can remain no question of law in the case; the only question which can remain is one of fact, to wit: "Was the General's excursion to Canada by the direction or order of the President?"



Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jackson At The Battle Of Emuckfau



Source - Page 197
22 January 1814 


"In the afternoon of the 21st the army fell in with numerous fresh trails. These indications of the proximity of a large body of the enemy being presently confirmed by the reports of his spies. Jackson, encamping on the high grounds of Emuckfau, made every preparation to meet a sudden attack. It was well he did so. The morning of the 22d was just beginning to dawn when his left wing was startled by the furious assault... ."