Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Thrilling Experience

Tall Ship On The Great Lakes

"He had one thrilling experience in the war of 1812. He belonged to an Artillery Company stationed at Fort Ontario in Oswego. One day the British man-of-war 'Royal George' sailed into the Port, or near enough to seem very threatening--'Our men were all called to action, and every thing made ready for battle with the British; but after a short time the war vessel turned and left in peace."

Friday, April 6, 2018

Letter To Wilkinson

Archives Online At Indiana University, specifically War of 1812....with an example:

Excerpt Of Letter Described Below

1798 Apr. 6
McHenry, James, 1753-1816
Autographed letter draft 1 p. 26 cm.
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War Department. To James Wilkinson. Deals with recruiting in Kentucky.
Purchased. Source unknown. 1944-1945
McHenry, James, 1753-1816, United States Secretary of War
Recruiting and enlistment
Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825, General

Friday, March 23, 2018

Falls Of Ohio

Falls of Ohio Mural

Letter written by Colonel Jonas Simonds of the 6th Infantry (23rd March 1811?) from his post at Fort Fayette:


"...for better security of the transports under my command in descending the river--but I find no authorized pilot in that place or any authority for the employ of one.... ."  "...fully secure without employing a citizen pilot--except for the Falls of the Ohio."


Monday, March 12, 2018

Michigan Once More Fell To The Ownership Of The United States

Fort Michilimackinac (On The Shore Of The Straits Of Mackinac)

Michigan History, Volume 5:

"The War for American Independence brought this area in name only under the control of the new American Government since it was not until 1798 that the British soldiers relinquished the military posts on the American side of the international boundary and the feebleness of the American hold upon all this region is well illustrated by the ease with which it was reconquered by the English in the War of 1812. The treaty of peace which terminated this war restored the easternmost of the Great Lakes as a part of the international boundary and Michigan once more fell to the ownership of the United States."

Dow Gardens In Midland, Michigan

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Denny In Captain Allen's Company

Invalid Pension File (Source - Fold3)

William Denny/Dennie was a member of Captain Allen's company of Mounted gunmen in General Coffee's Brigade.

William's last term of enlistment was in the Company of Bethel Allen and he was a member of John Coffee's Brigade. Often forgotten in the discussion of the Battle of New Orleans, General Jackson was not content to wait on the British to attack his rather weak fortifications near the City. He sent out many companies to fell trees and sink small boats in an attempt to clog passages and slow the progress of the British advance. [Source]

Affidavit taken by resident in Smith County, Tennessee stated that he was wounded by cannonball on or about December 23, 1814, "at the battle below New Orleans..." as well as a musket ball wound.