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September 19, 2013

Magnanimity

(Continued)

At Sandusky, despite his tiny force, Major George Croghan succeeded in driving off the much larger British force — in part by firing an old cannon (“Old Betsy”) filled with musket balls down into the ditch where the British were attacking the Fort. Procter withdrew, with casualties of almost 100. American losses were seven wounded and one 14-year-old drummer boy killed. “Old Betsy” still stands outside the Fremont, Ohio, public library.

Croghan Promoted

Washington, Sept. 2. We understand that the President has conferred on major GEORGE CROGHAN, the brevet rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the army of the United States, to rank from the 2d of August, 1813 — a day which will ever be conspicuous in the biography of this youthful hero, while it affords a memorable proof of the gallantry and Spartan valor of the little band under his command in the fortress of Sandusky.

COMMENT: A “brevet rank” was a temporary one usually granted for a particular war or command. Croghan was later promoted to Colonel, was given the Congressional Gold Medal in 1835, and fought with distinction in the Mexican War.

Sixth Naval Achievement.

Boston, Sept. 28 ... A ... dispatch from the Navy Agent in Portland ... containing the following particulars of the capture of the British brig of war BOXER ... to wit::-- “The United States brig Enterprize, Lt. WILLIAM BURROWS, on Friday last [September 5, 1813], between Seguin and Cape Elizabeth, fell in with his Britannic Majesty’s brig Boxer, CAPT. BLYTH, rating 14 and mounting 18 guns ... which she captured after an action of 45 minutes. On board the Enterprize, her Commander, Lieut. BURROWS, and one man were killed, and seven wounded; on board the Boxer, her commander, Capt. BLYTH, was killed, and between 40 and 50 killed and wounded. Both vessels were much cut up, and have both arrived in Portland [Maine].”

COMMENT: This was a psychologically important naval victory for America, but its most interesting feature was that the two dead Captains — one British, one American — were buried side-by-side, with full military honors, in Portland’s Eastern Cemetery. There they remain today.

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