Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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 Québec."
See what the uniform looks like here.
Monday, April 14, 2014
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. Grosvenor....at 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.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Escape Of Lydia Hayward as portrayed in the Old Hay Bay Church website [see the map, too]:
[...story of an American family caught in Upper Canada by the outbreak of the war, and their escape. It is taken from a small book...entitled: Narrative of Mrs. Lydia [Barker] Hayward, including the Life, Call to the Ministry and Extensive Travels of Her Husband, the late Elder Joshua Hayward. Union Mills, N.Y., 1846. We pick up her story shortly after President Madison declared war on Britain, 18 June 1812.]
The biography of Hiram Hayward, Lydia's son, was found in the Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County, Michigan:
Dr. Hayward is the eldest son of his parents, and was born in Jefferson Co., N.Y., Dec. 25, 1815. At the early age of nine years he became master of own maintenance which he secured entirely without assistance. He obtained a good education in common schools and by study at home under directions of his mother. He began to read medicine when he was 17 years old under the care of his uncle, Isaac Hayward, continuing with him three years when he lost his instructor by death.
He continued his professional career in the State New York until 1849 when he removed to Canada. He there combined the practice of medicine with ministry until 1866. In the summer of that year he went to Wisconsin with the purpose of making a permanent settlement, but found the selected locality distasteful and in September following he came to Michigan.
In 1867 he organized the Worth Christian Church and was its Pastor.
Hiram died on September 1, 1903, in Sanilac County, Michigan.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The War of 1812:... and Fort Bowyer:
[Another source named the Captain as Percy -- Percy or Perry?]
From the Life and times of Andrew Jackson:
"The significance of the great victory at Mobile may not be readily perceived. Its place in history can only be appreciated by its environments. It was the first battle ever fought by the British in what is known as the great Southwest."
Fort Bowyer Morphed To Fort Morgan.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Excerpt from the Memoir of Jean Baptiste Faribault (also here)
This article at the Mississippi Brigade wondered if Faribault was a spy:
"But Faribault and U.S. interpreter Joseph La Rocque seemed to have been appearing British but were actually risking their lives to gather information at Prairie to aid Boilvin."
"Faribault appears to have been exposed as an American sympathizer in July of 1813, when his property is burned and possessions plundered by the Winnebago."
Faribault had declined the honor of serving for the British.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
From The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Volume 51, 1968, April Number 2:
A Hawk of 1812
By John Newell Crombie
Major Daniel McFarland (1787 - 1814) of Washington County, Pennsylvania was commissioned in the 23rd U.S. Infantry on August 15, 1813 [also the 22nd U.S. Infantry].
"...nothing appears in the records until April1, 1814, when he began his journal."
Journal Kept by Maj. D. McFarland, Commencing the first Day of April 1814, 23rd Rgt Inftry:
April 2d, 1814
Left home in Washington Coty Pena for Sackets Harbor by order of the War Dept staid at Washington.
Left Washington accompanied by Capt. Morrow 22d Infty arrived at Pittsburgh
Staid at Pitt, found some old friends, viz Col Brady, Lt Guy, Green etc
He was killed at Lundy's Lane on 25 July 1814.