Thursday, February 26, 2015

Captain Richard's Take On General Macomb

The reviewer of "Memoir of Alexander Macomb, By George H. Richards" thought it "wholly worthless."  "It appears to us that Captain Richards has produced either a very bitter satire on his hero, or a very tame and ineffectual panegyric."


Perhaps Captain Richards had "issues."  From the life of William Beaumont:

"Of Beaumont's personal courage there can be no question. He was nearly involved in a duel with Captain Richards of the Artillery Corps, and indeed sent Richards a challenge, but the matter was smoothed over by mutual friends without bloodshed."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hospital At St. Mark's Church

Source [Not An 1812 Illustration]

From the St. Mark's Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake website:

"During the War of 1812 the Church was used first as a hospital by the British and Canadian forces and as a barracks by the Americans."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Deciphering Virginia Militia Units

As seen on the [GERMANS-VA] War of 1812 Militia Units message board

...the structure of the Virginia militia during the war. I can only say it is VERY tricky business.

[There were established regiments 1-9]..."And NEW regiments were created numbered 1-9 which could be comprised of units from many different counties.

"The key to that puzzle is knowing the name of the Captain of the unit in which your ancestor served..."

"Fortunately, there is another key to solving that problem, and that is Stuart E. Butler's *A Guide to Virginia Militia Units, War of 1812."

My William Hinds' Captain was Spotswood Henry, son of Patrick Henry.

From U.S. Army register  By United States. Dept. of the Army, United States. Adjutant-General's Office:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

British Return After The Attack On Ogdensburg

From Select British documents of the Canadian War of 1812:


There was not an enterprise undertaken during the war that reflected more credit on the [British] troops engaged in it than the capture of Ogdensburg. Here was no midnight raid but a bold assault in the open day upon a defiant enemy, strongly posted and with every chance in his favor. ....nearly half of the Regulars engaged were Canadians or colonists. These were the men of the Glengarry and Newfoundland Regts who were not excelled in bravery or discipline by any corps that fought in Canada during the war. [Source]

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Meigs House

Meigs House, Marietta, Ohio

The Meigs House, built for Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr.  He was the Governor of Ohio during the War of 1812.


He [Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr.] had had some military experience, and was a man of unusually strong executive power.  He lost no time in mobilizing several regiments of state militia, in which citizens of the best families enrolled themselves In his promptness and effectiveness in this respect, he was not equaled by the governor of any other state. [Source]

Friday, February 20, 2015

Captain Hightower, POW

Letters Received By The Office Of The Adjutant General, 1805-1821:

February the 20th, 1813
Buffalo, New York


"...I am at this place a prisoner of war with about forty-six regular soldiers all on parole.... ."

Mostly from the 17th Regiment; some from the 19th Regiment...part of those men belonging to four different companies....(including Captain R. Hightower of the 17th Reg., U.S.)

"...we are part of of those unhappy bands that was surrendered by Generall [sic] Winchester at French Town at River Raisin on the 22nd of January...:".  The commandant at this place has ordered us to Pittsburgh...".

Capt. of the 17 R  U S A