Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ohio's Nathaniel Massie-- Part 2: A Military Career

From "Nathaniel Massie, a Pioneer of Ohio" by David Meade Massie.

Nathaniel Massie was commissioned by President Adams as colonel of militia in the Northwest Territory.  Under Ohio's new state constitution he was elected first major general of the Second Division of Ohio Militia.

The militia in the state was extremely important to the American settlers because the Indians were still in the area and were constantly stirred up by the British to get their land back.  He held that post until he resigned in 1810.

In the Spring of 1813, the British and their Indian allies besieged General Harrison at Fort Meigs in Ohio. Massie was getting old, but rose to the occasion and organized fellow citizens of Paint Creek and marched from there to Chillicothe.  By the time they got to Franklinville, they numbered about 500 and Nathaniel Massie, with his experience, was elected their commander.

When they reached Upper Sanduskey, they received word that the Indians and British had returned to Canada so they turned back.

Nathaniel Massie died November 13, 1813, at his home of pneumonia "or rather the treatment, which was then prescribed for that disease--profuse bleeding."

--Brock-Perry


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ohio's Nathaniel Massie-- Part 1

In the last post, I mentioned that Duncan McArthur was buried at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, Ohio. Also buried there is Nathaniel Massie (1763-1813).

A Virginia native, he served in that state's militia during the American Revolution and then was a frontier surveyor who founded 14 towns in early Ohio, including Chillicothe, the first capital.  In 1807, the Ohio General Assembly elected him governor, but he refused it.

He also established Manchester, Ohio and platted Chillicothe.  One of Ohio's biggest landowners, he was also a major general in the state militia.

He led troops during the War of 1812 and in 1813, led 500 troops in a relief effort for William Henry Harrison who was besieged at Fort Meigs in Ohio.  There is a Captain Nathaniel Massie's Mounted Cavalry Company listed as probably being from Ross County.

Nathaniel Massie died of pneumonia on November 3, 1813.

--Brock-Perry

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Duncan McArthur of Ohio: War Record

From Wikipedia.

June 14, 1772 to April 29, 1839

Military officer and politician from Ohio.

When he first became a representative, he was in the Ohio state militia and later was appointed a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.

McArthur was appointed a colonel of Ohio volunteers and was second in command to General William Hull at Fort Detroit.  (This is when he commanded the Scioto Valley Volunteers which I have written about already.) He and Col. Lewis Cass were not at Detroit when Hull surrendered and were greatly angered that Hull had surrendered, especially in that they were included in the surrender.

McArthur is said to have torn off his epaulettes and broken his sword in a fit of rage when they heard.  But historians have said similar things about other American officers with Hull.  The British paroled him and returned him to Ohio.

 He later commanded a brigade under Gen. William Henry Harrison during the Battle of the Thames.  After Harrison's resignation, he commanded the Army of the Northwest and did so until 1817.

He negotiated the Treaty of Fort Meigs of 1817 for peace and land cessions by the Indians.  His burial place is at Grandview Cemetery in Chillacothe, Ohio.

--Brock-Perry


Monday, March 28, 2016

Efforts to Save Portland, Maine's Fort Gorges Get a Boost

From the February 29, 2016, Portland (Maine) Press Herald by Eric Russel.

Fort Gorges is on an island in Casco Bay, only accessible by boat.  Portland preservationists and the Army Corps of Engineers are working with the Friends of Fort Gorges group.

Construction on the fort began after the War of 1812 and it was not completed until the Civil War and was already classified as obsolete at that time.  It was modeled after Charleston's Fort Sumter and never garrisoned.  The federal government gave the fort to Portland 100 years after it was built.

It has six granite walls and is named for Sir Ferdinando Gorges who in the early 1600s is credited with discovering what is today Maine.

During World War II, it was used for military storage.

After all these years it is badly in need of maintenance and repairs.

--Brock-Perry

Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium Announced-- Part 2

SATURDAY APRIL 2 continued

1:10 p.m.--  Dr. Gary M. Gibson "Shipping and Shipbuilding at Oswego, 1804-1820."

2 p.m.--  U.S. Army Major (ret) Dr. RichardBarbute "Daniel D. Tompkins" War Governor 1812-1815."

3 p.m.--  Donald Graves  "Bootstrap Soldiers: The regular U.S. Army and the War of 1812."

APRIL 3, SUNDAY

9:10 a.m.--  Dr. Richard Weyhing "Before 1812:  The establishment of Fort Oswego and the 'Sixty Years War' for North America."

10 a.m.--  Canadian Army Major Sandy Antal (Ret)  "Tecumseh: The Myths and Facts."

11:10 a.m.--  Paul lear  "The First Battle of Oswego in 1913."

Registration is $50.

I'd Say You Get Your Money's Worth.  --Brock-Perry

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium Announced-- Part 1

From the March 24, 2016, Oswgo (NY) County Today.


The symposium will kick off with a meet-and-greet mixer of Friday, April 3 and continue until Sunday, April 3 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center at 26 E. First Street in Oswego.

Scheduled lectures:

APRIL 2, SATURDAY

9 a.m.:  Justin White "From Cannonballs to Calling Cards: A Look Back At the Amazing Evolution of Oswego County's History."  (This is the county's bicentennial.)

10 a.m.:  Diana e Graves  "Raids, Alarms and Excitement: The Experiences of Civilians in Border Communities During the War of 1812."

11:10 a.m.:  Marine artist Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher will present stories and artwork "The May 1814 Battle of Oswego: A Tale Told in Field Sketches.

Lunch

More to Come.  --Brock-Perry

Back to Lawrence Rousseau-- Part 4: The USS Jefferson, Finally Some Action

The USS Jefferson finally received her cannons and sailed on 31 July and blockaded Niagara with the USS Sylph and USS Oneida, while the rest of Isaac Chauncey's fleet went to Kingston to blockade that British base.  After a month the Jefferson sailed to join Chauncey at Kingston.

A severe storm on September 12 almost sank the Jefferson which was almost swamped.  Ten guns had to be thrown overboard.

Back at Sackets Harbor, it was laid up for winter in November where it stayed as peace was declared early the next year.  The USS Erie's crew and Charles Ridgely returned to their ship.  It remained in ordinary until it was sold 30 April 1815.

--Brock-Perry

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Back to Lawrence Rousseau-- Part 3: The USS Jefferson

From Wikipedia.

This is the second ship Lawrence Rousseau served on after he was on the USS Erie.

The USS Jefferson was a 117-foot long brig with a crew of 160 mounting sixteen 42-pdr. carronades and four 24-pdr. long guns.

It was built at Sackets Harbor for service in Commodore Isaac Chauncey's fleet on Lake Ontario.  It was launched 7 April 1814, and manned by the crew of the USS Erie which was laid up in Baltimore because of the British blockade there.  Its commander was Charles G. Ridgeley (Ridgely) who also commanded the Erie.

Most of its guns were not yet at Sackets Harbor when the British fleet arrived offshore on 19 May and started their blockade.

--Brock-Perry

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Back to Lawrence Rousseau-- Part 2: The USS Erie and USS Ontario

From the Baltimore Heritage Site.

On March 3, 1813, Congress authorized the construction of six sloops-of-war to the design of naval architect William Doughty.  In Baltimore, Thomas Kemp took the design on began work on the USS Ontario and USS Erie at his Fells Point shipyard.

The Erie was launched on November 3, 1813 and the Ontario on Nov. 28.

Master Commandant Robert T. Spence of the Ontario spent the winter months of 1814 recruiting a crew, but the delay caused him to become stuck in Baltimore because of the British blockade.  It stayed there until the end of the war.

--Brock-Perry


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Back to Lawrence Rousseau-- Part 1: War of 1812 on the USS Erie

On Friday's post, March 18, 2016, I wrote about Lawrence Rousseau of the U.S. Navy, who fought in the War of 1812 as well as the Civil War in the Confederate Navy.

One of the ships he was stationed on during the War of 1812 was the sloop-of-war USS Erie in Baltimore.

Wikipedia.

The USS Erie was a three-masted, wooden-hulled sailing sloop-of-war launched 3 November 1813, in Baltimore and put to sea 20 March 1814 under Commander Charles G. Ridgely.  Unable to reach open sea because of the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, she returned to Baltimore 7 April 1814, and remained there without a crew until early 1815.  Lawrence Rousseau was stationed on this ship until after its return to Baltimore.

With the end of hostilities and the British blockade, the USS Erie sailed to Boston on 5 May 1815, and joined Bainbridge's squadron sailing to the Mediterranean to check the Barbary Pirates who had used the U.S. involvement in the War of 1812, to return to their old ways.

The USS Erie mounted two 18-pdr cannons, twenty 32-pdr. carronades, was 117 feet long with a 31.6 foot beam and had a crew of 140 enlisted and officers.

--Brock-Perry

Ichabod Crane's Son, Charles Henry Crane Was in the Civil War and Was Attending Doctor at Lincoln's Death

One of Ichabod's Crane's sons, Charles Henry Crane (1826-1883) was in the Civil War.

A graduate of Yale University as a doctor and was an assistant surgeon in the Mexican War and chief medical officer in several military departments during the Civil War and also medical inspectors of prisoners of war.

He was one of the attending surgeons of President Lincoln after his assassination.

Breveted to brigadier general after the war and in July 1882, became Surgeon General of the U.S. Army.

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.\\--Brock-Perry

Monday, March 21, 2016

War of 1812's Ichabod Crane-- Part 5: Buried on Staten Island

From Find-A-Grave.

Ichabod Bennett Crane

Born July 18, 1787 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Death Oct. 5, 1857, Staten Island, new York.

Buried at Asbury Methodist cemetery, New Springville, Staten island.

Served 48 years in the military.  Served and commanded troops during the War of 1812, Black hawk War and the Seminole Wars of the 1830s.  His last assignment was commander of Governors Island, New York.

His wife Charlotte Crane (1798-1878) is also buried there as is a son, William M. Crane, who died in 1880.

--Brock-Perry

War of 1812's Ichabod Crane-- Part 4: A Lack of Cannons

From the Old Northwest Notebook Blog.

When the U.S. Army expanded in 1812, Ichabod Crane accepted a commission in the newly-raised 3rd Regiment U.S. artillery.  The 2nd and 3rd U.S. artillery regiments were each composed of twenty companies of between 80-100 men.

But, they were not equipped with cannons right away, but the 2nd eventually got cannons.  The 3rd U.S. artillery never did receive their cannons and their role was primarily used in the construction and manning of forts on the Northern Frontier.

Captain Ichabod B. Crane, 3rd Artillery, was brevetted to major on Nov. 13, for meritorious service.

Brock-Perry

Friday, March 18, 2016

Lawrence Rousseau: Also Was an Officer In Confederate States Navy

While researching an event for my Civil War Navy blog, Running the Blockade, I came across the name of a Confederate officer sent to New Orleans on March 17, 1861, to look into purchasing gunboats for the new Confederate Navy.  He was Lawrence Rousseau.

I'd never heard of his name so did further research and when I saw he was born July 15, 1790, I was thinking that would have made him quite old by the time of the Civil War.  That date also would have made him old enough to have been in the War of 1812.

He was commissioned as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy on January 16, 1809.  During the War of 1812 he was commissioned a lieutenant on July 14, 1813 and on the sloop of war USS Erie, blockaded by the British at the port of Baltimore, and then the brig USS Jefferson on Lake Ontario.

--Brock-Perry

Fort Pike, Sackets Harbor-- Part 3: Portions Still Remain

Fort Pike later became Madison Barracks.

Any vessel trying to enter Sackets Harbor's inner harbor would be caught in a crossfire between Forts Pike and Tompkins.

General Zebulon Pike launched his forces from here for his attack on York (now Toronto).  The Americans captured York, but General Pike was killed by debris from the exploding magazine.

Portions of Fort Pike's earthworks still remain.

--Brock-Perry

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fort Pike, Sackets Harbor, NY-- Part 2: Named for General Zebulon Pike

From the New York State Military Museum.  There is also a map showing Sackets Harbor and its defenses.

Other forts built to protect Sackets Harbor:

Built along shore:  Fort Kentucky (Mud Fort),  Fort Tompkins, Fort Pike.

Forts built inland:  Fort Virginia, Fort Chauncey, Fort Stark

Fort Pike was a hastily prepared earthen work originally named Fort Volunteer at the northeast end of Sackets Harbor.  It was improved later to include breastworks and a blockhouse constructed adjacent to the original fort.  It was named for General Zebulon M. Pike.

The blockhouse was two stories and mounted 20 cannons and had barracks for 2,000.

--Brock-Perry

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fort Pike, Sackets Harbor, New York-- Part 1: Now Called Madison Barracks

From Wikipedia.

Ichabod Crane was stationed at this fort guarding Sackets Harbor, New York, on Lake Ontario.  During the War of 1812, it was the site of a major naval base and shipbuilding center in the warship race on the lake between it and the British base at Kingston, Upper Canada.

Ichabod Crane commanded a battery at the fort as well as had a hand in its construction.  It was while here that he met Washinton Irving, who used his name in his famous book "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

In Wikipedia, the fort is referred to as Madison Barracks, a military base built on the site starting in 1815.

The barracks were constructed to house 600 soldiers and named for President James Madison.

--Brock-Perry

War of 1812's Ichabod Crane- Part 3: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Washington Irving never directly admitted that he had based the character's name in his book on Ichabod Crane's name, but they had met at Fort Pike guarding Sackets Harbor in 1814 while Irving was an aide-de-camp to New York's Governor Daniel D. Tompkins, who was inspecting the defenses of the strategic site.

Crane's unusual and memorable name came from the Bible--  the grandson of Eli the High priest and son of Phinehas.

--Brock-Perry

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

War of 1812's Ichabod Crane-- Part 2: Sackets Harbor and Black Hawk War

During the War of 1812, Ichabod Crane served on the Northern Frontier and commanded an artillery battery at Fort Pike which he helped construct at Sackets Harbor, New York.  He was involved in the capture of Fort York on April 27, 1813, and Fort George at the end of May.

While he was at Fort George, a joint British-Canadian force attacked Sackets Harbor in the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor, but were unsuccessful.

After the war, he continued to serve in the Northern department.  In 1820, he was made the commander of Fort Wolcott, Rhode Island.  In 1825, he transferred to Fort Monroe in Virginia.  He led five companies during the Black Hawk War and also served in the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).

--Brock-Perry

War of 1812's Ichabod Crane-- Part 1: Namesake of You-Know-Who?

From Wikipedia.

While researching John Milton Brannan, a Civil War officer who was in command of Fort Zachary Taylor during Florida's secession crisis, I found out he had married a daughter of Ichabod Crane, a very familiar name.  So, more research was in order.

(July 18, 1787 to October 5, 1857)

Career military officer in U.S. Army and probable namesake of Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Born in New Jersey, enlisted in USMC in 1809 as a second lieutenant and assigned to the USS United States frigate, 44 guns, commanded by Stephen Decatur.  served for two years.

He then resigned from the Marines in April 1812 and accepted a U.S. Army commission as captain of Company B, 3rd Artillery.

--Brock-Perry

Monday, March 14, 2016

What Does En Barbette Mean?

I have been using this term in the last several posts.

It is a French word meaning a raised platform involving the practice of firing a cannon over the parapet of a fort instead of a lower gun embrasure.

If you see cannons mounted on top of a fort's parapets, they would be mounted en barbette.

--Brock-Perry

Fort Look-Out, Defense of Baltimore

From WikiFort.

On or near present-day Riverside Park, Baltimore, Maryland.

Designed by Captain Samuel Babcock, Army Corps of Engineers as a circular redoubt on top of Look-Out Hill overlooking Fort McHenry.  It guarded the road from Baltimore to Fort McHenry.

It was 180 feet in diameter, an earthen fortification surrounded by a ditch and an earth-covered magazine in the center.  Its earthen ramparts mounted seven 24-pdr. naval guns in barbette.

It also provided a strategic point in which the garrison of Fort McHenry could fall back upon if forced to evacuate.

During the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, it was commanded by Lt. George Budd, US navy.  It was abandoned in 1810.  No remains of it exist.

--Brock-Perry

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fort (Battery) Babcock, Defense of Baltimore

From WikiFort.

(1813-1815)  Abandoned 1815.  Also known as Six Gun battery or Sailor's Battery.

Designed by Captain Samuel Babcock.  Built as an earthen battery with six 18-pdr. French naval guns on the shore of the Patapsco Ferry Branch about 1.5 miles west of Fort McHenry.

At the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, it mounted six 18-pdr. cannons and was commanded by Sailing master John Adams Webster and 75 sailors from the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla.

This fort, along with others repulsed the British fleet.

There are no remains of it, but its site is under the I-95 southern approach to the Fort McHenry Tunnel near the intersection of Gould Street and East McComas Street.

--Brock-Perry

Samuel Babcock-- Part 2: Battle of Baltimore

During the War of 1812 he was Chief of Engineers under Major General Samuel Smith in the Defense of Baltimore in 1814 and Superintending Engineer of defenses on the Delaware River and construction of Fort Delaware, Delaware Bay 1816-1824 and improvements on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers 1824-1826,

Promoted to Captain Corps of Engineers September 20, 1812 and major March 31, 1819.

He worked on New Castle Harbor improvements in Delaware from 1826-1828 and in the construction of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, 1828-1830.

Samuel Babcock turned in his resignation Dec. 22, 1830 and died June 26, 1831, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

--Brock-Perry



Thursday, March 10, 2016

Samuel Babcock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-- Part 1

From Cullum's Register.

Samuel Babcock was the 36th graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and attended from April 28, 1806 to February 23, 1808.  He was promoted then to second lieutenant and served as Assistant Engineer in the fortifications in New York Harbor from 1808-1814.

He was made Assistant Engineer of Military Department No. 5, consisting of Virginia and Maryland.

Promotion to first lieutenant Corps of Engineers came July 1, 1812.

--Brock-Perry

Fort Covington, Baltimore

From WikiFort.

Constructed 1813-1816.  Established 1813.  Named after Leonard W. Covington.  Abandoned 1834.  Also known as Fort Patapsco or Fort Wadsworth (named after Col. Decius Wadsworth, Chief of U.S. Ordnance Department).

Fort Covington was a pie-slice-shaped, semi-circular fortress constructed 1.5 miles due west of Fort McHenry defending Baltimore, Maryland.  It was designed by Captain Samuel Babcock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

It had a surrounding ten-foot high brick wall and 16 foot deep ditch in front of a parapet designed to mount ten to twelve 18-pdr. guns.  There was a barracks and magazine inside it.

At the 1814 Battle of Baltimore it had seven 18-pdrs. mounted en-barbette and was manned by a naval company.  On the evening 13 September 1814, Fort Covington and nearby Fort Babcock and Fort Look-Out repulsed the British fleet.

Nothing remains of the fort.

--Brock-Perry

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Covington-- Part 4: Reburied Twice

From War of 1812 Magazine.

Covington was shot in the stomach while advancing on foot with his brigade at the Battle of Crysler's Farm and died from the wound.  he was first buried at French Mills, New York and in 1820, his remains were moved to Madison Barracks near Sackets Harbor.  In 1909, that cemetery was relocated to a new site in the village itself.  French Mills was later renamed Fort Covington for him.

On July 21, 2010, there was a special ceremony to commemorate him and unveil a new marker.

Others buried at the cemetery:

Brig. Gen. Zebulon Pike, killed 27 April 1813 during the attack on York, Upper Canada.

Lt.Col. Electus Backus who played a key role in the defense of Sackets Harbor in 1813.

--Brock-Perry

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Brig. Gen. Leonard W. Covington-- Part 3: Fort Patapsco Renamed For Him

From Maryland in the War of 1812.

Died November 14, 1813, at French's Mills, New York.

Remains removed to Sackets Harbor, Jefferson County, New York on August 13, 1820, and place of burial now known as Mount Civington.

In early 1814, Fort Patapsco, located to the west of Fort McHenry renamed in his honor.  It took an active role at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

Leonard Covington was mortally wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm, Upper Canada, on November 11, 1813, while "leading his men forward in a charge, his last words being 'Independence Forever!!'"

--Brock-Perry

Leonard W. Covington-- Part 2: Mortally Wounded at Battle of Crysler's Farm

He returned to the Army in 1809 as colonel of the Light Dragoons.

Leonard Covington  commanded Fort Adams on the lower Mississippi River and participated in the 1810 take over by the United States of the Republic of West Florida in today's Florida Parishes in Louisiana.

In the War of 1812, he was promoted to brigadier general in August 1813 and mortally wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Field and died three days later at French Mills, New York.

He has lots of places named after him.

--Brock-Perry

Monday, March 7, 2016

U.S. Army Rank of Cornet

From Wikipedia.

In the last post I mentioned that Leonard W. Covington had entered the U.S. Army in 1792 as a cornet.  I was unfamiliar with this rank, so had to look it up in good ol' Wiki.

According to them, a cornet was originally the third and lowest rank of commissioned officers in a British cavalry unit after the captain and lieutenant.  It was abolished in 1871.

It would be the equivalent of today's second lieutenant.

Evidently, this rank was also used in the U.S. Army.

And Here I was Thinking Something About a Music Instrument.  --Brock-Perry

Leonard W. Covington-- Part 1: Northwest Indian War

From Wikipedia.

In a post on friday I mentioned that the original French Mills was renamed Fort Covington to honor Gen. Leonard Covington who died there after being mortally wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm.

Oct. 30, 1768 to Nov. 14, 1813

Brigadier general and member of U.S. House of Representatives.

Joined Army as a cornet in 1792, promoted to captain 1794 and served in the Northwest Indian War 1785-1795 under Anthony Wayne.  Distinguished self at Fort Recovery and Battle of Fallen Timbers.

He resigned after the Northwest Indian War and served in the House of Representatives from the state of Maryland from 1807.

--Brock-Perry




Friday, March 4, 2016

French Mills in the War of 1812-- Part 2: Cold and Unhealthy Winter


Now called Fort Covington, New York, French Mills was the site just inside New York state from Canada where Gen. Wilkinson retreated after the disastrous Battle of Crysler's Farm in November 1813.

He and 2000+ men arrived here by boats up the Salmon River from across the St. Lawrence River.

The winter camp at French Mills was extremely cold and unhealthy.  Food was scarce as the nearest supply base was 200 miles away at Plattsburgh and involved travel over some very poor roads.

Over 200 soldiers, including Robert Lucas, dies there.

By February, the troops burned their boats and began to withdraw to Sackets Harbor and Plattsburgh.

General Covington was an officer who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm and died enroute to French Mills.

--Brock-Perry

French Mills, NY, in the War of 1812-- Part 1: Not That French Mills

From Wikipedia

In the last post I mentioned that Robert Lucas, a member of the USMA Class of 1806 died at French Mills, NY, in Feb. 1814.  I did some further research.

FRENCH MILLS, NY

Site of a sawmill which started making clothes in 1795 under owner Peter K. Broek.  This is not the French Mills to which the U.S. Army under General Wilkinson retired to after the Battle of Crysler's Farm.

FORT COVINGTON, NY

In 2010, the population was 1,671.  It was originally named French Mills.  In July 1813 a blockhouse was built here to shelter wounded soldiers and to provide winter headquarters.  It was named after Gen. Leonard Covington, a casualty of the War of 1812.

--Brock-Perry

Thursday, March 3, 2016

USMA Class of 1806: Robert Lucas Died at French Mills, NY

This was another Robert Lucas, not the one I wrote about from Scioto County, Ohio, who went on to become a governor of Ohio and territorial governor of Iowa.  Whether he was related to that Robert Lucas is not known to me.

West Point graduate No. 23:  Robert Lucas.

Cadet from Dec. 29, 1804 to Nov. 14, 1806.  Appointed 2nd lieutenant, Regt. of Artillerists Nov. 14, 1806.  Served in garrisons along the Atlantic coast 1806-1810.  resigned Oct. 31, 1810.

Reappointed to Army with rank of major in 22nd Infantry, March 3, 1813.  Served during the War of 1812 on the Northern frontier, 1813-1814 and was engaged in the capture of Fort George, Upper Canada, on May 27, 1813 and was in General Wilkinson's Descent of the St. Lawrence River in 1813.

Died Feb. 4, 1814, at French Mills, New York, at age 26.

--Brock-Perry

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Scioto County, Ohio's Noel Family-- Part 2: Peter Noel's Children

JACOB NOEL--  June 22, 1778 to June 27, 1828.  Born in Hampshire County, West Virginia.  Died at Scioto County, Ohio.

JOHN NOEL--  (1779-1837)  Buried at Noel Cemetery.

COL. PETER NOEL--  (1783-1851)  Listed as in 1st Ohio regt., War of 1812.

ABRAHAM G. NOEL--  (1785-1846)  Buried at Howard Cemetery #2, Coopersville, Ohio.

DANIEL NOEL--  1790-1852  Listed as Sergeant 1st Regt. Ohio Militia, War of 1812.  Buried at Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio.

--Brock-Perry

Scioto County's Noel Family-- Part 1

From Find-a-Grave.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, there were a lot of Noels in Rupe's Company at Detroit.

PHILLIP NOEL--  Born 1786 in Hampshire County, W. Virginia.  Died March 22, 1865, in Rushtown, Scioto County, Ohio.

His father was Peter Noel, born 1756 and married Mercy Feurt April 6, 1812.

PETER NOEL--  Born 1756 in York County, Pennsylvania.  Died 1841 in Scioto County, Ohio  Was a weaver.  In 1791, moved to Pond Creek, Scioto County, Ohio and operated a tavern, store and sawmill.

Buried Country Club Cemetery, Rushtown, Scioto County, Ohio.

--Brock-Perry

Robert Lucas' Journal-- Part 4: Capt. Rupe's Court Martial

MAY 7, 1812:  Robert Lucas organized three companies from his brigade with the companies of Lucas and Rupe into a battalion.

JULY 17, 1812:  "I was now informed that the sentence of the Court martial I left Siting on the trial of Capt. Rupe was that he should be Cashiered and not permitted to bare arms as an officer in the Defence of the United States.

And, we know that his men immediately re-elected him to be their captain.

--Brock-Perry

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Robert Lucas' Journal for the Detroit Campaign-- Part 3

JULY 11, 1812:  That night Colo McArthur's regiment made a a feint downriver to act like they were crossing and were joined by Captain (John) Lucas company.

Robert Lucas never mentioned John Lucas as being his brother in the parts of the journal I read.

JULY 12, 1812:  Ensign McDougal and about 15 of Capt. Rupe's company crossed the river.

--Brock-Perry

Robert Lucas' Journal for Detroit Campaign 1812-- Part 2: Capt. Rupe Arrested

JULY 11, 1812:  "This day Capt. Cunninghams and Capt. Rupe's Company refused to cross the river, but after Some Statement by Colo (Colonel) Cunninghams Company agreed to go to Rupe and his Company through obstinacy refused to march,."

"The Genl demanded a list of the names of those that refused to cross the river Capt. Rupe returned his whole Company the adjutant rashly abused the whole company as Cowards under the name militia, unfortunately attached to Colo McArthur Regiment, and then arrested Captain Rupe-- for ungentlemanly and unofficerlike conduct."

--Brock-Perry

Excerpts From Robert Lucas' Journal in the Detroit Campaign, 1812-- Part 1

JULY 10:  Went to William Hull and made report and was offered command of a small company of spies but said he'd prefer some other station.  "I could be of more Service in exercising my military talents and I would wish to be with Gnl. McArthur's Regt."  Hull said he's put Lucas with McArthur if he could be of use.

Several military companies refused to cross the river and were considered cowards.  One of these was Captain Rupe's company.

This was the crossing of the river to attack Fort Malden.

--Brock-Perry