Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Post-War Preference For Detroit


West Point, May 27th, 1815
To A. Partridge
Capt. _ M. A.


Being extremely desirous of commencing the duties of my station- I take the liberty of addressing you.  As my friends all reside in the Western Country I should prefer being stationed therein.  If you will be kind enough to use your influence to have me ordered to Detroit I shall esteem it a favour meriting the gratitude of----

Your humble Servt

Henry W. Griswold
Lieut. ____

Henry Griswold's notebooks are mentioned in an article entitled "Mathematics Education At West Point: The First Hundred Years."

Griswold Family Papers at Harvard are primarily those of Henry W. Griswold's  father, Stanley Griswold (1763-1815) [and mother Elizabeth].
Chiefly papers of Stanley Griswold (1763-1815) and his son Henry W. Griswold (d. 1834). Stanley Griswold began as a clergyman in Connecticut, became acting governor of the Michigan Territory, and ended as a judge in Illinois Territory. There are papers relating to the Connecticut Land Company, of which Stanley Griswold was one of the proprietors. Henry W. Griswold graduated from West Point in 1815. He served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain, until his death in 1834. His papers include accounts, official army letters and documents, and family letters. In 1825 Griswold married Ann Heard, daughter of John Heard Jr., and the Griswold family papers came to the library with the Heard family papers.

So he didn't get his wish (also here)?

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, July 28, 1813, to Mar. 2, 1815

Served: in garrison at Ft. Niagara, N. Y., 1815‑17, — Sackett's Harbor
N. Y., 1817‑18, — Ft. Washington, Md., 1818‑19, — and New York harbor, 1819‑20; on Commissary duty, 1820‑21; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Jan. 27, 1821, to Feb. 14,

1822; in garrison at Ft. Independence. Mas., 1822; as Adjutant, 1st

Artillery, Sept. 25, 1822, to Oct. 11, 1831, and in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1831, — New berne, N. C., 1831‑32, —

Beaufort, N. C., 1832‑33, — Ft. Monroe, Va., 1833, — Ft. Mitchell, Ala., 1833‑34, — and Castle Pinckney, S. C., 1834.

Died, Oct. 23, 1834, at Castle Pinckney, S. C.

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