Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Signalled With His Gold-Headed Cane

From the Journal of Major Isaac Roach, 1812-1824, published in The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, Volume 17:

He [Colonel Moses Porter] gave the signal with his gold-headed cane. Bang! went the shot; and in less than ten minutes by my watch, the blockhouse was on fire. 

See another post from his journal here.  A second post, too.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Marble Statue Of Queen Luise



"It was an odd coincidence that the completed statue (monument of Queen Luise) left Rome on July 19th, the day of the Queen's death.  But England in that year was at war with the United States, and so it happened that a Yankee privateer overhauled the British merchantman, too her prisoner, and sailed away with her precious cargo.  But the captured merchantman was in turn chased and overhauled by the English privateer Elisa, so that once more the monument of Queen Luise sailed under the British flag."

The statue reached Berlin May 22, 1815.

An interesting blog post, Napoleon's Beautiful Enemy: Queen Louise of Prussia, can be seen here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ozais Backhaus

War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists [Microform: t-10386]

Start of 4th Lincoln militia (officers and staff, company, detachment rolls) [Image 530]

Ozais Backhaus (#48 on the list)
Is he a Backus?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mayhew Mott And Family


"Mrs. Mott, mother of Wesley Mott, died at Winchester, Winnebago County, May 14th..." .

Mr. Mayhew Mott was a soldier and Mrs. Mott enjoyed a pension.

Census 1860
Winchester, Winnebago, Wisconsin
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Mayhew Mott M 65 New York
Mary Mott F 66 New York
Wesley Mott M 25 New York
Herman Like M 18 Germany


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Battery Drawing At Kingston

War of 1812: Board of Claims for Losses, 1813-1848..., dated May, 1815:

Image 409 - Film T-1126

See an article about Kingston's Battery Park.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Peaceful Passage Of The Army


The Kentucky Volunteers returned home [after the Battle of Tippecanoe].  The 4th U. S. regiment was stationed at Fort Harrison and Vincennes until the month of May, 1812, when it marched for Ohio, and joined the north-western army, then fully organized, and having moved forward from the plains of Mad River, was encamped at Urbana, Champaign county, and the commanding officer was holding a council with the chiefs of the Wyandott, Ottoway, Miami, and other Indian tribes living within the boundaries of the State of Ohio, for a peaceful passage of the army through the Indian territory, commencing a few miles north of Urbana, and extending with few exceptions to Detroit. [Source]

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dinner At The Bell Tavern

Source -  A Tavern In The South

"The volunteers returned from a campaign in May 1814, and a dinner was given at the Bell Tavern, and Felix Grundy delivered an address of welcome, which was responded to by Gen. Jackson on behalf of the volunteers."


Tuesday, May 3, 2016