An Ohio Officer’s view of Kentuckians

An interesting take on the Kentucky Militia from March, 1813:

Tuesday the 2d. This morning gave up the command to Major Kain, weather clear & cool, at II A. M. Capt. McHenry company was ordered to fort Jennings 20 Miles Down the river, & Capt. Seatons Company was ordered to fort Defiance 55 miles from Amanda, this day Capt’n Betto company of Kentucky Mil-itia arriv’d from fort Defiance & Jennings their time being expir’d. they stay’d in fort all night.

Wensday the 3rd. Last night we had rain, the Kentucky troops all in high glee, & Black & dirty as Indians sung & danc’d in the most infamous manner & the most blasphemous swearing possible for men to utter was made use of by those self conceited Infidels. they however left the fort for their destin’d homes early this morning. This day we mov’d our quarters to A Cabbin in the fort which was occupied by some of the Kentucky troops whichwas left here, & left the fort this morning.

Ensign William Schillinger served with Captain Daniel Hosbrook’s Company of Ohio Militia, which served a 6 month tour from February to August 1813.  His journal provides a unique insight into the duty at a frontier post during the war.

Hosbrook’s Company was comprised of men from Hamilton and Clermont Counties, Ohio.  The Company garrisoned Fort Amanda, present day Auglaize County, Ohio.  The fort was originally constructed by Lt. Colonel Robert Pogue’s 4th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer’s in the fall of 1812.

“Journal of the Ensign William Schillinger: A Soldier of the War of 1812.” Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, vol. 41, Jan. 1932.

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