Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Soldiers At Buffalo Fort

Building on the Raid of Buffalo Fort post, from A History Of Northeast Missouri...:

One of the soldiers, Peter Brandon, and Mary McConnell were married in the fort, and this is probably the first marriage in the county. There was no minister nor officer to legalize the marriage and it was performed by the good old Samuel Watson.

A few of the braver ones remained in the fort at Buffalo and others came to them from nearby settlements.  In July, 1814, a company of sixty-four volunteers, known as rangers, came up from Cap au Gris. They started to go to Fort Mason near Saverton and stopped at Buffalo Fort.  From there, for some unknown reason, part of them returned to Cap au Gris. The others, under command of Captain Ramsey, continued toward Fort Mason.

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