Sunday, April 20, 2014

Difficulty In Reducing The Debt

From the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:

Once in office, he [Albert Gallatin] vigorously attacked the public debt, and through careful management of the country's finances he was able to reduce the debt materially until the War of 1812 made this policy impossible.

After 1811, it became increasingly unpleasant for him to remain as secretary of the treasury. It was with a feeling of great relief that in May, 1813, at the request of President Madison, he went to Russia to study the details of a Russian offer to mediate Anglo-American differences. He stayed in Russia several months, but nothing came of the Russian offer. In 1814, he was one of the five American commissioners who negotiated the Treaty of Ghent which ended the war. It was now that he was officially replaced as secretary of the treasury.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

James Stewart, AWOL

British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - INDEX ONLY
Microform: c-11837

Capt. 1st Lincoln Militia

Given evidence before Court-Martial for trial of James Stewart, absent without leave
Niagara 7-31-1812
c. 1700
p. 210

Friday, April 18, 2014

Survived The Battle Of River Raisin


20 February 1813
Buffalo, New York
Richard Hightower
Prisoner Of War On Parole With About 46 Regular Soldiers
And Part Of The 19th Regiment
...Surrendered By General Winchester
At Frenchtown (Battle of River Raisin)
January 22, 1813
Ashton Garrett mentioned

Another letter postmarked Nicholasville, Kentucky

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


As seen in The Plaindealer:

"The Canadians are well armed, hardy, inured to fatigue, abstemious in their habits, and thorough republicans in principle, as well as by the French laws of division of wealth. Guns are to be found in every house."

"As marksmen they are infinitely superiour to British soldiers, for (thanks to the absence of game laws) they are accustomed from infancy to the use of fire-arms. Their courage was well proved in the war of 1812, in which the chasseurs, voltigeurs, and battalions of militia of Lower Canada, were as gallant, fine looking, bold and effective troops a any in the service."

From Historic Canada, the Voltigeurs of the War of 1812:

"On 15 April, Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost, governor of British North America and commander of its armed forces, raised a Provincial Corps of Light Infantry in Lower Canada known as the Voltigeurs de Qu├ębec."

See what the uniform looks like here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dateline Detroit Circa 1818


I have the honor to transmit herewith, a list of officers....service of the 3rd Regiment....they are:
Bvt. Major Charles Larabee [who is in Hartford, Conn.]
1st Lt. J. Culbertson
2nd Lt. B. E. Burd
.....Capt. Mackinac, Green Bay or Chicago....
Jos. L. Smith, Col.
[Addressed To] Brig. Gen. D. Parker

Major Z. Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, also listed, as was E. Brooks of Detroit and L. Cass of Zanesville, Ohio.