Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Samuel Reid, Naval Hero


A finding aid for the Samuel Chester Reid papers can be found at the Library of Congress site.

A poem touting the heroics of Samuel Reid:


Monday, August 22, 2016

Madness To Continue At Credit Island

"To chastise the perfidious Sacs, became at once the duty of Governors Edwards and Clark, and Major Zachary Taylor was selected for the purpose; to ascend the river and punish them.  He left Fort Independence...August 2, 1814...".

"In that battle* Major Taylor had 11 men badly wounded, three mortally, and with the outnumbering horde of..[Indians] and English against his 334 men and officers, he conceived it would have been madness to continue the unequal contest, with no prospect of success.  At the council which followed he put the question to his officers direct and to a man, his position was sustained.  Accordingly the expedition, a pronounced failure... ." [Source]

Library Of Congress Map Excerpt
Credit Island - South Of Rock Island & Ft. Armstrong

*Credit Island (present-day map)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fate Of Prisoners

Old Fort Dearborn

"...fate of more of the prisoners...".

Chicago--Among the prisoners who have recently arrived at this place (says the Plattsburg paper of the 21st ult.) from Quebeck, are James VanHorn, Joseph Knowles, Paul Grommow, Elias Mills, Joseph Bowen, Nathan Edson, Dyson Dyer, James Cobrin and Phelim Corbin, of the First regiment of U. S. infantry, who survived the massacre at Fort Dearborn or Chicago, on the 15th of August, 1812." [Source]

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Prisoners' Fate

From Transactions of the Illinois State.....

"The following which treats of the fate of more of the prisoners may be of interest:"

"....James VanHorn, Joseph Knowles, Paul Grommow, Elias Mills, Joseph Bowen, Nathan Edson, Dyson Dyer, James Corbin and Phelim Corbin, of the First regiment of U.S. Infantry, who survived the massacre at Fort Dearborn...".

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gone To Malden


"'-------states that almost every Indian from the country above this has been or was then gone to Malden, on a visit to the British agent."'  Taken from the Transactions of the Illinois State.... .

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sick Near River Raisin

River Raisin In Monroe County, Michigan

Lieutenant-Colonel Miller had been thrown from his horse and severely hurt during the battle, so he was unable to proceed to the River Raisin. Colonel Cass arrived at Monguagon and sent a dispatch to Detroit, which said: 'Miller is sick; may I relieve him?' No answer came from Hull and Cass started back to get permission to continue the march, when a messenger met him with order to bring the entire expedition back to Detroit. [Source]