Friday, November 17, 2017

Fort Norfolk, Virginia-- Part 1: First and Second System Fort

From the History of Fort Norfolk.

In the last posts, I wrote about Fort Nelson, built to defend Norfolk, Virginia.  It was built opposite Fort Norfolk.  Some more on that fort.

There was an earlier fortification at the site dating 1776-1779.  It was a First System Fort built 1794, mainly an earthwork.  It was later rebuilt into a masonry fort of the second System in 1808 and designed for 30 guns, but only ten were ever mounted.

It never saw action in the War of 1812 because the British were repulsed by the fort on Craney Island.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Captain Ethan Alphonso Allen


Born October 24, 1789 in Burlington, Vermont.  Died Jan. 6, 1855.

Buried Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia, plot IMP-B6 9-L12-S16.

Son of Ethan Allen of Revolutionary fame.

Fort Nelson-- Part 2: Two Locations

From Fort Wiki.

Fort nelson was attacked and burned down 9 May 1779 and rebuilt at another location in 1794 and abandoned in 1824.

The garrison abandoned it in the 1779 attack.

The second site of Fort Nelson was chosen opposite of Fort Norfolk on the west side of Norfolk  harbor and was a bastioned earthwork with two batteries of 24-pdrs in embrasures.


Fort Nelson, Norfolk, Virginia-- Part 1

From the Colonial site.

In the last post I mentioned that Captain Hannibal Montresor Allen was buried at Fort Nelson with its cemetery unknown.  Couldn't remember it, so had to look it up.

It was located on the site of the present-day Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.  During Virginia's revolution, the government constructed a fort of timber and rammed earth in 1776.  Three years later, the British fleet under Admiral Sir George Collier came and confiscated the artillery and destroyed most of the parapet.

The fort was reconstructed in 1799 of earth lined with with brick following a design by architect B. Henry Latrobe and was again abandoned after the War of 1812.

The Confederates strengthened Fort Nelson during the Civil War, but on 10 May 1862, the Union Army under General John E. Wool occupied Norfolk and Fort Nelson.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Captain Hannibal Montesor Allen

From Find-a-Grave.

Born Novemebr 24, 1787, in Burlington Vermont.  Died January 20, 1813.

Died of yellow fever and buried at Fort Nelson.  Cemetery unknown.

Son of Ethan Allen of Revolutionary War fame.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grave of Hiram Simpson Marked-- Part 2: Saw Action art Fort Erie

Derrick Monument Co. of LeRoy and Ideal Burial Vault Co. of Corfu installed both stones.

Records show Hiram Simpson continually moving west from the time he was born near Glen Falls and then spent his childhood in Scipio, and then moved to Troupburg where he joined the New York militia.

He returned there after seeing action at Fort Erie, Ontario.  Later, he and Nancy and their seven children lived in East Pembroke.

Despite land grants in Iowa and Arkansas available to him, Hiram stayed in East Pembroke and died in 1867.  Wife Nancy died in 1881, a year after receiving the last allotment from the war's pension fund for widows.


Grave of Hiram Simpson Marked-- Part 1

From the October 9, 2017, Genesee County (NY) Daily News "Group honors War of 1812 veteran with new marker in East Pembroke" Jim Krenick.

Christine Holley was working on her Daughters of the American Revolution credentials and while doing so, found the name Hiram Simpson.

He married his wife Nancy in June 1812, but no one knew where he was buried, but some graves at the back of Hillside Cemetery were relocated to another cemetery.  The VA responded to a request by Holley and the National Society of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812 Niagara chapter.  The VA gave a new headstone.


Another Veteran's Grave Marked: William Hamilton

From the Nov. 7, 2017, Hot Springs (Arkansas) Village Voice.

The Texas and Arkansas Societies of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812 marked the grave of William Hamilton at Old Baptist Cemetery in Russellville, Arkansas.

This was the group's second grave marking in one week and they have another marking planned for within three weeks.

Much work has to be done when they mark a grave.  They must prove service, locate the grave, obtain approval, obtain a grave stone if needed as well as planning and coordinating the ceremony.

The U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 have identified approximately 760 War of 1812 veterans buried in Arkansas and have marked the graves of about 160 of them.  Their goal is to mark all the remaining 600.

Great Job ladies.  --Brock-Perry

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Marines in the War of 1812-- Part 2: Frigate Action

Marine detachments took place in the great frigate fights which resulted in many American victories.  They acquired the reputation as marksmen in ship-to-ship actions.

On 27 April 1813, they assisted the U.S. Army in Colonel Winfield Scott's attack on York, Upper Canada (now Toronto).

Under Navy Commodore Joshua Barney and Captain Samuel Miller, they helped delay the British advance on Washington, D.C., at the Battle of Bladensburg by holding the line after the Army and militia retreated, though they were eventually overcome.  Tradition hold s it that the British did not destroy the Marine Barracks and Commandant's house when they burned Washington out of respect for their fight at Bladensburg, though it is thought that they might have been intending to use them as headquarters.

There is also an unfounded tale that two Marine NCOs buried treasure there to prevent its capture.

At the Battle of New Orleans they held the center of Andrew Jackson's defensive line.

During the war, the Marines had 46 killed and 66 wounded.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Bond County, Illinois

 Good day to visit these men if you're living around Bond County, Illinois.

BONHAM HARLAN--  Born 1785 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.  Died 1840.  Buried in Camp Ground Cemetery in Greenville.  2nd W. Tennessee  Militia.  (I had to look up Lincoln County and found it was named after Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln, not the later president.  Abraham Lincoln was not born in 1785.)

NICHOLAS KOONCE--  Born Dec. 25, 1788.  Died April 26, 1859.  Buried Old City Cemetery in Greenville.  Private Va. Militiamen.

ARCHIBALD MITCHELL--  Born May 22, 1791 in Woodford County, Kentucky.  Died Feb. 10, 1872, in Bond County.  Buried at Union Grove Cemetery in Ayers.

JOHN REEVES--  Born May 13, 1795.  Died Nov. 21, 1877 in Bond County.  Buried Maxey Cemetery in Greenville.

JEREMIAH STUBBLEFIELD--  Born 1789 in Jackson County, Georgia  Died in Bond County August 20, 1874.  Buried Maxey Cemetery in Greenville.  W Tennessee Militia.

Quite a few Southerners moving to Bond County at some point after the war.

Veterans Day 2017.  --Brock-Perry

War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Bond County, Illinois-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

Bond County is in the southern Part of Illinois, near St. Louis.

This being Veterans Day, those of you living in the area can visit these graves and pay your respects to our War of 1812 veterans.

AMOS P. BALCH--  Born 1774 in North Carolina  Died August 27, 1846.  Buried Union Grove Cemetery in Ayers, Illinois

WELSHIER BUCHANAN--  Born July 14, 1781 in Virginia.  Died Feb. 3, 1857.  Buried Camp Ground Cemetery in Greenville.  7th Kentucky Militia.

JOHN ELZIER--  Born 1790  Died March 8, 1859.  Buried Old City Cemetery in Greenville.  Private 21st Va. Militia.

JOHN WESLEY FLOYD--  Born Feb. 18, 1789 in Louisville, Ky.  Died Jan. 4, 1848.  Buried Camp Ground Cemetery in Greenville.  Sergeant in the war.


Friday, November 10, 2017

The Marines in the War of 1812-- Part 1: Sackets Harbor

From Wikipedia.

The first land action of the Marines in the War of 1812 was teh

he establishment of an advanced base at Sackets Harbor, New York, by 63 Marines.  This gave the Navy a base on the shores of Lake Ontario.  Sackets Harbor later became the headquarters of the Navy for all action on the Great Lakes..

Marines helped defeat two British attacks on Sackets Harbor (the First and Second Battles of Sackets Harbor.

They later also established a base at Erie, Pennsylvania, where Oliver Hazard Perry's fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie was built.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

USS Constellation Goes for Reconstruction-- Part 2

In the War of 1812, the Constellation sailed from Washington, D.C. to Hampton Roads, Virginia, and immediately was blockaded by the British at Norfolk.

The current USS Constellation was built in 1854, using a small amount of material from the original ship which had been disassembled in 1853.

The ship has been patched and rebuilt several times, so definitely is not the original ship.


The USS Constellation Setting Sail for Reconstruction-- Part 1

From the October 26, 2017, WMAR ABC 2, Baltimore, Md.

The USS Constellation is a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Civil War and can usually be found in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, but on Thursday, October 26, is set sail.  It sailed to Fort McHenry and fired a salute and turned around.

The reconstruction is part of the Living Classroom Foundation's effort.

The Constellation first sailed in 1797 and participated in the Quasi War with France where it captured a French frigate and two French privateers.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ceremony to Honor Private William Hamilton, War of 1812 Veteran

From the October 24, 2017, Russellville (Arkansas) Courier News.

The Texas and Arkansas Societies, U.S. daughters of the War of 1812, gathered at the Old Baptist cemetery, in Russellville to mark the grave and hold a commemorative service for War of 1812 veteran Private William Hamilton.

His great-great-great granddaughter, Mary Anne Norman Davidson gave a talk on his life.

His grave now has one of those brass War of 1812 veteran markers.


Veterans Day Ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery

From the October 24, 2017, Canon City (Colorado) Daily Record.

This is an annual event and this year took place on November 4 at Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery.

The Sons of the War of 1812 will present a program to honor Milby Smith who served in both the War of 1812 and the Mexican War.

They received a gravestone to mark his grave a year ago.

Milby Smith was born March 10, 1794 and at the age of 18 served in the New York militia and at the age of 56 was in the Mexican War.  he is one of just two War of 1812 veterans buried in Colorado.

At 11 a.m., Ron bates will speak on the GAR monument at the cemetery.  Both Union and Confederate Civil War veterans are buried in the cemetery as well.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Walk in the Cemetery: Two War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Marshall Cemetery

From the October 31, 2017, Independent (Minnesota)  "A walk in the cemetery finds a four-time war hero"  Jody Isaacson.

Marshall Cemetery, Marshall, Minnesota.  Thomas Hicks and Joseph Fifield served in the War of 1812.  They are the only two Minnesota soldiers in the area to serve in that war according to Arthur Finnell, author of "Known War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Minnesota."

Both came considerably after the war to live in Minnesota, as late as 1870.  They weren't born in Minnesota (which wasn't a state during the war), but came later as pioneers or to live with relatives in their declining years.

Thomas Hicks was originally buried in the Catholic Cemetery east of Marshall, but was reburied at Marshall Cemetery in 1921.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Last Survivor of the Battle of Baltimore-- Part 2

Elijah B. Glenn was the "last survivor" of the "Old Defenders" who had saved Baltimore from the British attack in September 1814, which led to the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner."

He died July 25, 1898, at the age of 102 at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. John Barcklow.

He joined the Maryland Militia as a private at the age of 18 and served in Captain Peter Pinney's company of the 27th Maryland Regiment and also fought the British at the Battle of North Point.


Last Survivor of the Battle of Baltimore-- Part 1

From the November 4, 2017, Cecil Whig  "Ask the Historical Society: Last 'Defender.'"

Someone had heard that the last survivor of the Battle of Baltimore was from Cecil County and asked the question.

In 1896, the Utica Morning herald reported that only 14 pensioners remained from the War of 1812.

One of them was Elijah B. Glenn, a centenarian.

He was born at Carpenter's Point in 1796  (There is some confusion as to his last name in the article as it was given originally as Green and then Gleen.  I also found it listed as Glenn.  I am going with Glenn.)


Montgomery Bell-- Part 3: His Money used for the Montgomery Bell Academy

Montgomery Bell gave $20,000 in his will to educate children ages 10-14 who would otherwise not be able to get an education and that bequest has resulted in the Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee

The Montgomery Bell Academy was established in 1867 as the successor to two previous schools, one of which was the Western Military Institute, which Sam Davis, the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy" attended and the University of Nashville.

In 1881, the school moved to an estate and received the name Montgomery Bell Academy because of his endowment to the school with the stipulation that it remain all male.

It still exists.