Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Young Poetess


From the Biography and Poetical Remains of the late Margaret Miller Davidson, by Washington Irving:

Margaret Miller Davidson, the youngest daughter of Dr. Oliver and Mrs. Margaret Davidson, was born...in the village of Plattsburgh, March 26, 1823.  She and her sister, Lucretia, were young poets.  She [Margaret] departed this life on the 25th of November 1838, aged fifteen years and eight months; her earthly remains repose in the grave yard of the village of Saratoga.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reminiscences Of Sir Charles Alexander Cameron

Sir Charles Alexander Cameron of Dublin described "A Link Between Me And The Battle Of Culloden...":


My ancestors were adherents of the Royal Family of Stuart; and although my father fought for King George III, and received eight wounds in his service (a French bullet and an American bullet accompanying him to his grave).....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ide's Horse From The Mexican War

Source - The Mexican War (Not Ide's Horse)

A biographical sketch of the life of William B. Ide:

 When Father came home from the War late in November, 1846, William came with him. He had earned two good horses, and Father rode home on one of them, leaving his own faithful horse, which he brought with him from Illinois, in a pasture to recruit a U. S. officer had rode him, and, for want of proper care, had made his back so sore that Father could not bear to put a saddle on him. Through this means he lost this valuable animal, for, while thus necessarily recruiting in the pasture, he was stolen, and never recovered. On loaning the use of this horse to ' Uncle Samuel,' the ' U. S. brand was put on the top of Father's  "W. I.", and afterwards the horse was claimed as U. S. property; but Father proved it to be his.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rolled It Westward

From The Shawnee prisoner: a borderer's story, by Clara Florida Guernsey:

"The surrender of Cornwallis and the subsequent treaty of peace, so far from dispelling the cloud of war, only rolled it westward."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Enoch Crosby Alias Harvey Birch

The Spy Unmasked, or Memoirs of Enoch Crosby, alias Harvey Birch (Google version), "the hero of Mr. Cooper's take of the Neutral Ground..." was dedicated to James Fenimore Cooper.

"Enoch Crosby was a native of Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, on 4 January 1750.  As a child he moved to Dutchess County (later Putnam), New York, and grew up in a family of 'staunch Whigs.'"