"Macomb was informed of this movement being in contemplation on the evening of the 5th and prepared to meet it. The gallant Major John E. Wool, ever ready for a daring enterprise, volunteered to lead some regulars to support the militia and oppose the advance of the foe. At about the time in the early morning of the 6th when the British broke camp at Sampson's, Wool moved from Plattsburg with two hundred and fifty regular infantry and thirty volunteers with orders to set the militia an example of firmness. This was done. He reached Beekmantown before the enemy appeared and took position near the residence of Ira Howe."
The John Ellis Wool papers are held at the New York State Library. He was a Major in the War of 1812, and was promoted to the rank of General at a later date.