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October 24, 2013

Fort Mims Massacre

OTSEGO HERALD

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Oct. 23, 1813

Compiled, with comments

by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL

Disaster on the Mobile

From Gen. Ferdinand L. Claiborne to Gen. Flourney...3d Sept. 1813.... The attack on Maj. Beasley was made at about 11 o’clock A.M. on the 30th [August]. It was unexpected at the moment it occurred, but the whole garrison was immediately under arms. The front gate was open, and the enemy ran in great numbers to possess themselves of it. In the contest for the gate, many fell on both sides; soon, however, the action became general, the enemy fighting on all sides in the open field, and as near the stockade as they could get.

The port holes were taken and retaken several times. A block house was contended for by Capt. Jack, at the head of his brave riflemen...for the space of an hour before the enemy set fire to the roofs, and an attempt to extinguish the flames proved unsuccessful.

The few who remained now attempted to retreat under the direction of Capt. Bayley of the militia, and Ensign Chamberlise of the rifle company, both of whom had been badly wounded. Previously to their retreat, they threw into the flames many of the guns of the dead men. Few of them succeeded in escaping. Both the officers are missing and presumed dead. Nine of the volunteers and three of the volunteer militia have reached this [place], several of them wounded. A few citizens who fought in the stockade, but not enrolled in any company, also escaped, one of them leaving a wife and six children, who were probably burnt to death.

Major Beasley fell gallantly fighting at the head of his command near the gate, at the commencement of the action.; Capts Jack and Middleton were killed about the close of the scene, having each previously received many wounds. The latter was active and fought bravely from the commencement of the action until he died. Lieut. S. M. Osborn, of Milkinson county after receiving two wounds was taken into a house, but requested to die on the ground, that he might as long as possible see his men fight. The other officers fell nobly doing their duty; and the non-commissioned officers & privates deserve equally well. The action continued until five o’clock in the evening.

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