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September 19, 2013


From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, September 18, 1813

Compiled, with comments


Battle of Sandusky

We cannot help calling the attention of our readers to the noble conduct of Croghan and his brave associates at Sandusky, after repulsing the enemy ... The enemy had sought their lives, had openly menaced their extermination, had declared that he would give no quarter.

He was repulsed; he was vanquished by a handful of men. He left the ditch full of his wounded, and retreated with precipitation, leaving his Indian allies scattered at a distance round the fort, to revenge the loss of their comrades by chance shots from the deadly rifle.

Regardless of the danger from this fire our brave soldiers employed themselves ... in letting down water in buckets to the wounded of the enemy in the ditch, whom the darkness of the night and the uncertainty of the enemy prevented them from relieving in any other way.

What an interesting subject for the painter and the poet! What a beautiful picture of generosity and humanity does not this exhibit! Such a scene in other nations would of itself immortalize the actors in it. But here, it is only regarded as a trait marking the conduct of American citizen soldiery, wherever its character has been fairly developed, has shone forth with peculiar lustre. – National Intelligencer

COMMENT: British Major General Henry Procter (1763-1822) — possibly the most incompetent British general during the War of 1812 — after twice failing to capture Fort Meigs, moved on Aug. 2, 1813, to capture an American supply depot at Sandusky, Ohio. It was guarded by Fort Stephenson, where American Major George Croghan (1791-1849) led a small garrison of 170 troops.

[NOTE: This Croghan is NOT to be confused, as is all too often is the case, with the George Croghan (1718-1782), Deputy British Indian Agent in colonial New York, who in 1768 purchased 100,000 acres of land in what is now Otsego County, and for a time tried to settle at the foot of Otsego Lake.]

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