Representative Citizens," edited & compiled by Hon. Gibson Lamb Cranmer;
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
On the 19th of April, 1812, James Barbour, then governor of Virginia, issued his general orders for a requisition of 12,000 men, officers included, which was the quota of Virginia, in pursuance of a
law passed on the 10th of the same month by Congress, authorizing a detachment of 100,000 militia at a moment's warning.
At the time the
militia was divided into four divisions, and these again were subdivided into
It was not until the 3d of September following the 19th of April, 1812, that nay portion of the said 12,000 men mentioned in the general orders were called upon to take the field, and then only to the number of 1,500, who were ordered to repair to Point Pleasant, the place of general rendezvous.
Subsequently, on the
20th of July, 1814, another requisition was made by the president on the
On the 13th of January,
1815, another requisition was made, under which the Tenth Brigade was called
upon to furnish 349 men, officers included.
Under this last requisition
when the companies departed from the town it appeared as if every able-bodied man had deserted the place, leaving behind them the aged men, women and children alone.
After being mustered in they took up their
line of march for their destination,
greeted by another grand ovation by the citizens and where they remained a day
to rest and make some arrangements for their future progress that were
necessary for their comfort. From this last place they
went to their next point,
"Adjutant General's Office.
between the United States and Great Britain having been announced, the
necessity for carrying into effect the law of the last session of the General
Assembly, 'Authorizing the raising of a regular force for the defense of the
state, no longer exists. The courts martial of the several regiments are
therefore advised to adjourn and not reassemble until further orders. The
several detachments of militia on their march to
interests for the preservation of national character of rights which she has not obeyed. When her citizens have been called to the field they have shown fortitude and heroism, braved the dangers of battle and disease. A people so brave and patriotic, faithful in the discharge of all their duties, must respect themselves and command the esteem of those with whom they are connected, and will, we may trust, receive the protection of the Divine Power, without whose permission no human wisdom
or foresight can secure to any people the happiness which we may fondly hope is in reserve for our countrymen.
"Claiborne W. Gooch,
It was while in Washington, Pennsylvania, that they received the cheering news of the victory gained by General Jackson in the battle of New Orleans, which was fought by him on the 8th day of January, 1815, which filled them with new life and vigor, and inspired them with high wrought patriotism and zeal to which they gave jubilant expression by a grand celebration of the auspicious event, consisting of patriotic speeches, toasts and a grand military ball, which was united in
generally by the citizens of the place,
who emulated each other in giving expression to their enthusiasm over the
crowning triumph of the American arms.
Retracing their steps to
bottomed boats and floated to
to the ears of the inhabitants of the town who had lined the banks of the river to welcome the returning braves and who gave vent to loud huzzas of rejoicing, making the welkin to ring with their glad shouts. There were five members of the Irwin family who volunteered in this war
in the company commanded by Captain Irwin, whose names were William Irwin, Samuel Irwin, David Irwin, James Snodgrass and Robert Snodgrass, the last named being uncles of Isaac and Samuel Irwin. The late Samuel Irwin was at the time a lad under twenty-one years of age and his
father, who was captain of the company, was opposed to his joining the command, but by dint of coaxing and persuading he finally succeeded in overcoming the opposition of his parent, who reluctantly permitted him to volunteer as a private. Another young man, Alexander McConnell,
deceased, was also a volunteer in the same company, although
at the time in his teens. An individual by the name of Hootman
was the drummer of the company, and Jim Nevitt, of
tall and commanding figure and large and muscular frame, was the fifer. The
patriotic feeling of the day had been fully aroused, but the
"Sir: I have the pleasure to inform you that by order from the Secretary of War, dated on this day, I am instructed to communicate that the Militia recently ordered to march from the Tenth and Twentieth Brigades of Virginia Militia are discharged from a compliance with the said orders. I have the honor to be
"Yours most obediently,
"J. G. Jackson, Br. Gen."
"To colonel commandant of
In the beginning of hostilities in the year 1812 a volunteer company infantry, under the command of Capt. Benjamin Jeffries, had been ordered into the service, but were deficient in wagons and teams, whereupon Colonel Woods issued the following order:
"You are hereby forthwith directed to impress the wagon, team, and driver of the wagon belonging to Daniel Steenrod for the use of your company now ordered on duty for the purpose of conveying the baggage belonging to the same, on the tour of duty which they are now ordered
on. And this shall be your warrant for so doing. Given under my hand this 23d day of September, 1812.
"Lietu. Col. Com't Fourth Regiment, Virginia Militia.
"To Captain Benjamin Jeffries."
The prompt return to the warrant was as follows:
"I have executed the above warrant agreeable to order.
"Benjamin Jeffries, Capt."
"The subscribers being mutually chosen and being first sworn according to law to appraise a wagon, team, harness and cover, etc., the property of Daniel Steenrod, of said county, impressed this day by Col. Archibald Woods, for the use of a detachment of militia now ordered on duty from the Fourth Regiment in said county, under the command of Capt. Benjamin Jeffries, also the hire per day for use of the said wagon, team and driver, do appraise the same as follows:
One wagon - $75
One wagon cover - 5
One sorrel horse - 20
One bay horse - 75
One chestnut-sorrel mare 55
One bay mare - 33
Four sets gears - 40
Amounting to $303
"The hire per day for said team and driver, $2.37 1/2.
"I certify the above.
"Lieut. Col. Com'g Fourth Reg't V. M."
Muster of a company of Light Infantry of
Virginia Militia, commanded by Capt. William Irwem,
from the Fourth Regiment in the
of ---, 181-.
NAME - RANK - DATE OF COMMISSION - NAME PRESENT - REMARKS
William Irwein - Captain - 25 May 1807 - William Irwein
John Richison - Lieut - 27 Jun 1814 - John Richison
George Dutty - Ensign - 27 Jun 1814 - George Dutty
David Irwein - Sergeant - --- - David Erwein
John McDonald - Musician - --- - John McDonald
Robert Arbuttan - --- - --- Arbuttan
Anderson - --- - --- - Hiram
John Adams - --- - John Adams
Jacob Adams - --- - --- - Jacob Adams
Thomas Adams - --- - --- - Thomas Adams
William Ashew - --- - --- - William Ashew
Thomas M. Ashew - --- - --- - Thomas M. Ashew
Archibald Armstrong - --- - --- - Archibald Armstrong
John Brown - --- - --- - John Brown
William Bell - --- - --- - William Bell
Thomas Baird Jun - --- - --- - Thomas Baird Jun
Absolam Burkham - --- - --- - Absolam Burkham
Solomon Burkham - --- - --- - Solomon Burkham
John Bushlan - --- - --- - John Bushlan
Jacob Bently - --- - --- - Jacob Bently
Thomas Campbell - --- - --- - Thomas Campbell
Thomas Crispin - --- - --- - Thomas Crispin
John Carroll - --- - --- - ---
William Caldwell - --- - --- - William Caldwell
William Crawford - --- - --- - --- Appointed Serg't-major in staff.
Henry Dement - --- - --- - Henry Dement
John Dauer - --- - --- - John Dauer - Absent after muster.
Michel Dulty - --- - --- - Michel Dulty
Joseph Fulton - --- - --- - Joseph Fulton
William Graves - --- - --- - William Graves
Thomas Johnson - --- - --- - Thomas Johnson
Peter Loffer - --- - --- - Peter Loffer
John Lowery - --- - --- - John Lowery
Hugh Lackey - --- - --- - Hugh Lackey
David Moor - --- - --- - David Moor
Fedid Masters - --- - --- - Fedid Masters
John D. Miller - --- - --- - John D. Miller
Alexander M. Connel - --- - --- - Alexander M. Connel
Josiah McKnight - --- - --- - Josiah McKnight
Feb Mix - --- - --- - Feb Mix - Absent
James Minnis - --- - --- - James Minnis - Absent after muster.
William Montgomery - --- - --- - William Montgomery
Lame McClain - --- - --- - Lame McLain
Robert Prittyman - --- - --- - Robert Prittyman
Isaiah Parlet - --- - --- - Isaiah Parlet
John Rodeheffer - --- - --- - John Rodeheffer
--- Rulong - --- - --- - --- Rulong
Joseph T. Roff - --- - --- - Joseph T. Roff
Thos. Smith - --- - --- - Thos. Smith
Robert Stewart - --- - --- - Robert Stewart
William Stickler - --- - --- - William Stickler
Robert Snodgrass - --- - --- - Robert Snodgrass
William Stevenson - --- - --- - William Stevenson - Absent after summons.
David Thornburg - --- - --- - David Thornburg
Moses Thompson - --- - --- - --- - Absent after summons.
John Teagarden - --- - --- - John Teagarden
Thomas Zanner - --- - --- - Thomas Zanner
Leo Liburgen - --- - --- - Leo Liburgen
George Venum - --- - --- - George Venum
John Vance - --- - --- - John Vance
Aron Varney - --- - --- - Aron Varney
Wm. Williamson - --- - --- - Wm. Williamson
Robt. Williamson - --- - --- - Robt. Williamson
Wm. Williams - --- - --- - Wm. Williams
John Williams - --- - --- - John Williams
Solomon Wardle - --- - --- - Solomon Wardle
Abram Westbrook - --- - --- - Abram Westbrook
Thomas Williamson - --- - --- - Thomas Williamson
Alex White - --- - --- - Alex White
Muster roll of a Company of Light Dragoons of Virginia Militia, commanded by Captain Samuel McLure, of the Fourth Regiment, in the County of Ohio, called into actual service under general orders of January 13, 1815, from the 13th day of February, 1815, when last mustered, to the day --- day of ---, 181-.
Samuel McClure, Captain, commissioned March 23, 1812. Sorrel horse, 7 years old, 15 1/2 hands high, valued at $120.
James H. Relfe, First Lieutenant, commissioned March 23, 1812. Black horse, 8 years old, 15 hands high, valued at $75. Acting Adjutant Col. Woods' regiment.
Richard Simms, Second Lieutenant, commissioned March 23, 1812.
John Carr, Cornet, commissioned June 27, 1814.
Richard H. Goe, First Sergeant.
Garrison Jones, Second Sergeant. bay horse, 9 years old, 15 hands high, valued at $80.
Nathan Hukill, Third Sergeant. Bay horse, 4 years old, 15 hands high, valued at $70.
Frederic Beylor, deserted
Richard Carter, Jr.
John Dorsey, absent after muster
James Gadd, absent after summons
Frederick Goldenburg. Farrier.
John Jerome, drafted in Brooke Co., and under command Captain Fowler.
Charles D. Knox
John M. Morgan, absent after muster.
Hugh Nichols, 4th sergeant.
James Sprigg, cadet.
William Webb, quartermaster.
We certify that this Muster Roll exhibits a true statement of Capt. McClure's Company of Cavalry, and that the remarks set opposite the men's names are correct and just.
JAMES H. RELFE, Mustering Officer,
JOSEPH DODDRIDGE, Surgeon.