From the Otsego Herald
for Saturday, Nov. 14, 1812
Compiled, with comments
by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL
Weather: Utica 1812 Almanack: Cloudy dull weather. Look for rain or hail.
Otsego war casualties
Among the martyrs who gloriously fell on the heights of Queenston, it is with unfeigned regret that we learn were Captains Clark of Worcester, and Saunders of Unadilla, in this county. In their death their country has sustained the loss of two brave officers and worthy citizens. Hancatum est pro patria morr.
COMMENT: Captain Elisha Saunders was Commander of Company C, 16th New York Militia. He was described as a “36-year-old physician from Unadilla who was well liked by the men under his command.” He left a widow and seven young children. I have found no record of Captain Clark.
Another war casualty
Died — at Schlosser, in this state, on the 29th ult. (October), Mr. VINE GRIFFIN, late of this village, aged 21 years.
Mr. Griffin belonged to the detachment of militia which was called into the service of the United States from this county. Impelled by devotion to his country, he voluntarily bid adieu to friends and home, and dedicated himself to her service.
His manly and social virtues conciliated the friendship and esteem of his companions in arms; and his merit, activity, and faithful discharge of his duty as a soldier, early attracted the notice of his superiors, and were rewarded by promotion. Frankness, generosity, sincerity, benevolence, sensibility to the woes of others, and a sense of honor which rendered him incapable of a mean action — these were virtues which strongly marked his character, and endeared him to his associates.
A numerous circle of friends condole with his afflicted relatives on this melancholy occasion.
COMMENT: Vine Griffin, son of Joseph Griffin (1757-1840) and Zeruiah Griffin (1764-1835), was baptized at the Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown in 1801.