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bio War of 1812-14 Vermont & New York

Posted: 22 Aug 2003 3:50PM GMT
Classification: Military
Edited: 27 Sep 2003 12:10AM GMT
Surnames: Chittenden, Gadcomb, Hampton, Macdonough
On page 5
<snip> At the outbreak of the war, after Congress had authorized the President to detach and organize 100,000 men for federal service, and the Secretary of War had apportioned 3000 to Vermont, the state promptly responded to the requisition, and Adjutant General David Fay, by command of Governor Galusha, ordered out four regiments of ten companies each, which were in service at Plattsburgh by September, 1812. <snip>

On page 6
Within the state [of Vermont] the people were not prepared for war. The northern towns lived in constant fear of Indian incursions from Canada, and many citizens abandoned their houses and farms. Though the fear seems to have been unfounded, a small detachment of troops was stationed at North Troy, and the selectmen of several towns furnished and supported guards for the frontier villages of Troy, Derby and Canaan.

On November 6, 1812, the legislature authorized the raising of a volunteer corps of sixty-eight companies (two brigades) for the service of the Federal Government, and by 1814 the entire male population of Vermont-aged from sixteen to sixty-volunteered for service on the occasion of the invasion of Plattsburg, though only those who lived nearby reached Plattsburg in time to engage in the battle. But there were scattering detachments that saw service elsewhere outside the state, principally in the campaign of 1814 on the Niagara frontier; and such men as were in that campaign served in the brigade under the immediate command of General Winfield Scott in the battles of Chippewa Plain and Lundy's Lane, and under Major General Brown in the terrific night battle of Fort Erie, August 15, 1814. For the most part, the Vermonters who served in the Regular Army were in the 11th, 26th, 30th and 31st Infantry. The 11th was organized in 1812, and served for the duration of the war-nearly three years. The other three were organized in the spring of 1813, to serve for one year, though a remnant of the 30th and 31st was in the Battle of Plattsburg in September, 1814.

The plan of 1812 campaign was to garrison coast fortifications with local militia together with some Regulars while the main forces invaded Canada from Detroit and Niagara. The Plattsburg army was designed to protect the Vermont and New York frontiers, and therefore, nearly one-half its strength was recruited from Vermont. <snip>

On page 7
In November, 1813, a portion of the militia of the third brigade and third division of Vermont militia, under Lieutenant Colonel Luther Dixon, crossed the Lake into New York and put themselves under Hampton's command. But Governor Chittenden, who was opposed to the war in the first place, and who believed that the militia should be employed only within the state 'to suppress insurrections and repel invasions' ordered them to return. But the entire militia was thoroughly disgusted with the Governor's proclamation, and Captain Sanford Gadcomb drew up a reply, signed by all the officers. <snip>
Nevertheless the militia returned before their service had expired, and no further notice was taken of the transaction. Without more notable incident the northern campaign of 1813 ended. <snip>

On page 8
Through the early months of 1814 there were frequent British marauding expeditions upon the northern frontier, but never did the encounters break into extensive hostilities. On the Lake, however, the war assumed a serious complexion. On May 14th, the British fleet opened fire on the battery at the mouth of Otter Creek, where Commander Macdonough, descending the river with his sloop of war and several galleys, forced the enemy to retreat without losing a man. A few days later Macdonough entered the Lake with his fleet and anchored at Cumberland Bay. At the same time Vermonters were enlisting in the Plattsburg army, attached to the 30th and 31st U.S. Regulars, and on the 11th of September the double battle-on land and water-took place. The ridiculously small and ill-trained land forces astonished the nation and the world by defeating a superior British force; and Commander, now Captain, Macdonough in a naval battle which still ranks as one of the major sea encounters in American history, effectively put an end to the British expectations of success across the American frontier, and thus hastened the treaty of peace which was signed on December 24th of the same year. T.H.J."

Source is "State of Vermont ROSTER of SOLDIERS in the War of 1812-14," prepared and published under the direction of Herbert T. Johnson, The Adjutant General, 1933.
Transcribed by Jan

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14

Posted: 22 Aug 2003 5:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Sep 2003 12:10AM GMT
I'm willing to do lookups for the 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, and 31st Infantry who served from New York
[Saratoga, Washington, Clinton, Albany, Madison, etc. Counties] and Vermont. Please send me the soldiers full name who fought in the War of 1812-1814.
Jan

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14

Posted: 25 Aug 2003 12:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Feb 2006 4:31PM GMT
Surnames: Crabb
I am not sure if my ancestor was in any of these regiments, but do have a reference that he was from Washington co., New York. Do you have anything on Isaac CRABB who was a private in McMahan's Regiment, New York Militia?

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14

Posted: 25 Aug 2003 12:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Sep 2003 12:10AM GMT
Surnames: Crabb
Hi Vivian,
Sorry, Issac CRABB is not listed in the "State of Vemront ROSTER of SOLDIERS in the WAR of 1812-14".
Teri Tighe, titighe@aol.com, posted on this message board that she has a CD on the War of 1812. You might want to contact her for a lookup.
Good luck researching ancestors,
Jan

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14

Rhoda Turner (View posts)
Posted: 19 Dec 2003 11:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, Could you please do a look up for me on Joseph Sherwood, Sr., and Joseph Sherwood, Jr., both of NY.Thank you,
Rhoda Turner
LostMtRose@aol.com

Re: SHERWOOD LOOKUP REPLY WAR of 1812-14

Posted: 19 Dec 2003 11:44PM GMT
Classification: Military
Edited: 31 Aug 2006 6:01PM GMT
Surnames: Hill, Sherwood, Sumner
Hi Rhoda,
Sorry, Joseph SHERWOOD Jr. or Sr. are not listed. However in Cornwall, Addison Co., VT, near the New York border there is:

"SHERWOOD, NATHANIEL.
Served from April 12 to April 21, 1814 in Capt. Edmund B. Hill's Company, Sumner's Regt.; volunteered to go to Plattsburgh, September, 1814, and was at the battle, serving in same company."

Source is "State of Vermont ROSTER of SOLDIERS in the WAR of 1812-14", prepared and published under the direction of Herbert T. Johnson, The Adjutant General, 1993, page 381.

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14

Posted: 13 Apr 2004 6:51AM GMT
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 3 Aug 2004 10:55PM GMT
Surnames: PECK
Thank you for the kind offer of lookup. My ancestor's pension file says he enlisted 29th Regiment 1st company in 1813 at Northwest Bay, Essex, NY.
Is he listed in the reference you have?
His name:
Lyman PECK
I would appreciate a citation to the reference you are using if possible.Many thanks for your assistance.

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14 at Plattsburg, NY

Posted: 13 Apr 2004 4:24PM GMT
Classification: Military
Edited: 31 Aug 2006 6:01PM GMT
Hi Nancie,
Most of the military data I have is at the Battle of Plattsburg, NY, in Sept. 1814. I will soon have the book "The Final Invasion: Plattsburgh, the War of 1812's Most Decisive Battle" by David G. Fitz-Enz. It chronicles the British plan to recapture their former colonies in the America during the War of 1812. Under the command of Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost, seasoned troops from the Napoleonic Wars invaded America from Canada in September 1814. They were repulsed at Plattsburgh, New York, on Lake Champlain. 2001."

My source for lookups is book "State of Vermont ROSTER of SOLDIERS in the WAR of 1812-14", prepared and published under the direction of Herbert T. Johnson, The Adjutant General, 1933, 474 pages which I purchased from Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vermont.
Sorry, the soldier you requested data on is not listed.

Re: 11th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st INFANTRY LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812-14 at Plattsburg, NY

Posted: 15 Apr 2004 9:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Aug 2004 10:55PM GMT
Thank you for your effort and enthusiasm!

Re: 6th, 13th, 15th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 33rd, 34th LOOKUP OFFER War of 1812, Battle at Plattsburg, NY 1814

Posted: 17 Apr 2004 9:50PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 31 Aug 2006 6:01PM GMT
Hi Nancie,
American Army Units
There were no intact regiments. They all had accompanied General Izard to Niagara.

77 men from a variety of regiments,
100 from the 15th
200 from the 13th
1,500 from the 6th, 29th, 30th, 31st, and 34th regiments
50 artillery men
700 New York militia
2,500 Vermont militia

More than 500 of the 1,927 regulars were sick in hospital. The vast majority of the 700 New York Militia had gone before the Vermot militia arrived."

Source is Appendix A, "The Final Invasion: Plattsburgh, the War of 1812's Most Decisive Battle", by Colonel David G. Fitz-Enz, 2001, page 197. Transcribed by Jan
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