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July 17, 2014

American victories at Chippewa

From the Otsego Herald

for Thursday, July 14, 1814

Compiled, with comments

 

BATTLE OF CHIPPEWA

From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o’clock in the morning.

The prisoners, being upward of 170, including 7 officers, are on their way to Greenbush; and the major and some other of the officers have already arrived in this village.

The army, on the evening of the 4th of July, proceeded in the plains one and a half miles west of Chippewa, when arrangements were made to move against Chippewa on the morning of the 6th-but in the afternoon of the 5th, the enemy having concentrated his forces east of the Creek and offered battle.

Our gallant army did not hesitate to meet them; and in the course of one hour, the enemy was broken and driven from the field leaving more than 400 killed and wounded. He was saved by his works [fortifications], from total ruin.

Our loss was considerable, but not accurately ascertained. Several of our officers were wounded, and one or two killed. The enemy left ten officers killed, on the field, and no doubt carried off others.

Arrangements were making to carry the wounded of both armies to Buffalo, and then to move on to Lake Ontario.

COMMENT: Major General Jacob Brown (1775-1828), one of the few competent American Generals in the War of 1812, is an unsung hero of that war. He fought first in the New York State militia, but was promoted to the regular army in 1813. When the War of 1812 ended he became for a time Commander in Chief of the American Army, and introduced needed administrative reforms, but seems to have been largely forgotten by history.

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