COMMENT: Peter Goodsell (1771-1851) came from Fairfield, Conn. In Cooperstown he had a dry goods business, and also had a farm and mill in Burlington, and later moved to DeWitt, N.Y., where he died. He served as a Cooperstown Village Trustee in 1812-13. He was married three times: to Elizabeth Ruth Morehouse (1771-1813), Mrs. Lucy Day, and lastly to a Mrs. Marvin.
Plymouth (England) Telegraph, Nov. 6, 1813: “Two great battles [were] fought on the 16th and 19th October, in the former of which, the French ... were defeated with the loss of 12,000 men. The loss of the allies is stated at from 6 to 7000. On the 18th a severe battle was fought near Leipsic [Leipzig, in German Saxony], where the French were attacked throughout their whole line by the combined allied armies, and totally defeated with the loss of 40,000 men in killed, wounded and prisoners, 65 pieces of cannon, besides the desertion of 17 battalions of German infantry with all their staff and generals, who went over to the allies en masse. ... On the 19th the town of Leipsic was taken by assault, with all its artillery, magazines, stores, with...the garrison and rear-guard of the French army; upwards of 30,000 wounded. Bonaparte had only escaped from Leipsic at 9 o’clock in the morning; the allies entered at 11.
COMMENT: The French had 225,000 troops in the battle, of whom 120,000 Germans defected; the “allies” (Russia, Austria, Prussia, and Sweden) had 380,000. French losses were 34,000 killed and wounded, 26,000 captured. Allied losses were 54,000 killed, wounded, or missing. Napoleon had to abdicate, and went into exile on the Isle of Elba (off the Italian Coast), from which he would briefly escape in 1815.