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October 4, 2012

Unnecessary gallantry

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COMMENT: Silas Peet (1768-1840) came from Connecticut and settled in Edmeston, Otsego County, NY, where a number of his descendants followed him. He was the son of Benjamin and Hannah Peet, and husband of Johannah Leach (1761-1838). Benjamin Parker (1765-1842) lived in Burlington, Otsego County.

 

Unnecessary Gallantry

Canandaigua, Sept. 15. False Alarm. The inhabitants of this town and vicinity were alarm[ed] on Wednesday morning last, about 4 o’clock, by a report that a detachment of British and Indians had landed at the mouth of the Genesee river. In the course of a few hours, it appeared that the report was false....

Although the alarm was unfounded, its effects furnished cause of joy and pride.

There were certainly 1,000 men under arms, or marching to their different rendezvouss, before counter orders were issued. The spirit of Americans was roused. Hoary headed veterans and zealous youths, unitedly rushed forward to the ranks to repel the foe.

Party spirit was forgotten, and men of all parties, sects and creeds, were found rallying under their country’s standard. The general enthusiasm spread from rank to rank, and from man to man; and furnished infallible presage of the reception an invading army might expect....

We cannot forbear to mention the company under the command of capt. Hancock, who principally came from No. 9 in this town. They appeared on the public square, a few hours after the alarm, completely equipped and ready to march; each man having his blanket, his knapsack filled with four days’ provision and in ever respect ready to meet the enemy..... Messenger.

COMMENT: Poor Captain Hancock! If only there had been somebody to fight! Members of militias were required to provide equipment at their own expense.

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