Posted By:ted reising-derby
Subject:Re: Ohio musters in 1812
Post Date:July 04, 2011 at 10:23:53
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Thanks again James!
That definitely helped to answer some of what I was hoping to determine....that if perhaps those penalties had been assessed, and if so, in what manner and to what degree the infractions were recorded. Your answer: not at all. So I can abandon that avenue of possibility.
Here is the one piece of the puzzle to which there has to be a further story ( but unfortunately we have a big gap of any reference at all between when this Firelands militia mustered in April 1812, and by the time they all seemed to have evacuated the area during the false British scare here in Aug.1812. ): there is not one mention of them during that few months, in official military records ( which have apparently been extensively searched by others, also looking for info about this Company). Nor even any local traditions mention that they were active in any way, once the War began. This period would seem to have been the very time that some minimal record would have been kept of this Company, due to all of the preparations for War, etc.
One past historian (Marjorie Cherry) said that there was no official record of them because all of the reports/musters of this Company were "burned at Chillicothe"....BUT IS THAT TRUE? Aren't most of the other Ohio militia Companies records from Chillicothe, extant?
And the other unexplained event, is that even though "Capt." Barrett should have (or could legally have) held that position of Capt. for 5(?) years, yet he accepted the post of Lieutenant under Capt. Quigley, in Aug.1812, just 4 months after becoming Capt. of his own Comp.
Did that move require his resignation as Capt. of his own Company?..and what were the military protocols for such a move/resignation?
It is known that during the false British scare and evacuation of Aug.1812, that most of Barrett's men fled south, and the others fled east (including Barrett himself), thereby breaking up the Company. Again, what were the military protocols for such an event?
At the current state of knowledge about "Capt." Barrett's Company, it seems there was a whole lot of historical hype about them (and him), but very, very little substance. Based on all actual historical accounts, the Company seems to have been ineffectual at least... if not completely derelict. I'd hate to dishonor them by saying that, if it's not true, so I hope something comes up which will prove me wrong.
I do know for fact, however, that the group formed under Capt. Quigley, was VERY honorable, and were true heroes during the War. Yet any credit for Capt. Quigley's Company seems to have been lost under all of the historical hype for Barrett's.