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War of 1812


71233 - WAR OF 1812 HORSEMAN'S CAVALRY SABER, 38.5" overall 33.5" blade, stirrup handle, iron fittings wooden grips intact with some braided wire wraps. The blade is a single fuller blade. This sword was found in 1860 on the site of the Gorsuch Farm. The battle was fought in that vicinity. The Gorsuch homestead site was a 242 acre farm where General Stricker awaited the British approach before the Battle of North Point on September 12th, 1814. When Stricker fell back General Ross and Admiral Cockburn occupied the farm yard and feasted on the Grosuch's family chickens and eggs at a late breakfast about 11AM. Ross assured Robert Gorsuch that he would be dining in Baltimore that night. The Maryland chasseurs Fell Point Light Dragoons were in that area with Stricker delaying the British advance. This saber has a brass tag stating; Side "a" American Cavalry Saber 1780-1800 found on Bear Creek by Gorsuch family member given in 1970 by Mrs. Gorsuch [modern ancestor] owned farm on North Point, MD. Carried by Fells Point Light Dragoons." On side "b" is inscribed "Gorsuch Family 1860's or 70's, from 1812 Battle of North Point, found there in 1860". For being in the open elements from 1814 to 1860 the sword is in remarkable condition. The blade is solid with surface oxidation, as mentioned the handle is basically intact with some wire wraps still existent. The Battle of North Point was an engagement in the War of 1812, fought on September 12, 1814, between Brigadier General John Stricker's Third Brigade of the Maryland State Militia and a British landing force, composed of units from the King's Army (British Army), Royal Navy seamen and Royal Marines, and led by Major General Robert Ross and Rear Admiral George Cockburn. The events and result of the engagement, a part of the larger Battle of Baltimore, saw the U.S. forces retreating after having inflicted heavy casualties on the British. One of the casualties was Ross, killed during the course of the battle by American sharpshooters. His death significantly demoralized the troops under his command and left some units confused and lost among the woods, meadows and marshes of the Patapsco Neck peninsula. This prompted the British second-in-command, Colonel Arthur Brooke of the 44th Regiment of Foot, to have his troops remain on the battlefield for the evening and night, treating the wounded at the nearby Methodist meeting house (church), and evacuating some by barge south down Bear Creek to the offshore Fleet in the Patapsco River, thus delaying by a day his northwestward advance against Baltimore. This delay gave the Americans more time to organize and strengthen the defense of the city, under the command of Major General Samuel Smith, along an extensive network of trenches, fortifications, and artillery with a central strong point of "Rodgers' Bastion", commanded by U.S. Navy Commodore John Rodgers. Gen. Stricker slowly retreated his organized militia back to the main defenses, cutting down trees across the roads to delay the British advance, and rejoined the existing regular army and navy, militia and civilian forces of approximately 15,000 men and 100 cannons. Along with the failure of the Royal Navy to neutralize Fort McHenry guarding Baltimore Harbor (Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River), the resulting vast numerical superiority over the invading British force of 4,000 men and 4 cannons led to the subsequent abandonment of the planned sea and land assault on Baltimore. This has been in a Virginia collector's collection for many years and is new on the market. A tremendous addition to any War of 1812 collection especially those interested in the Baltimore Campaign............................................................SOLD

1174 - WAR OF 1812, ANDREW JACKSON'S CAMP, WASHINGTON, MISSISSIPPI, Fort Washington was a staging area for Jackson's troops in the Creek War 1813 - 14. Militia troops passed through that fort on the way to New Orleans and after the Battle of New Orleans British prisoners were housed there. Assorted caliber musket balls both fired and unfired..........................................................$20.00/each

1175 - BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, SPANISH FORT [NEW ORLEANS], This Colonial era fort protect the Lake Pontchartrain entrance of Bayou St. John. The first small fort here was erected by the French in 1701, before the founding of the city of New Orleans, to protect the important trade route along Bayou St. John. After Louisiana passed to Spanish control, a larger brick fort was constructed at the site of the neglected old French fortification; this was known as San Juan del Bayou. Louisiana passed back to France and then to the hands of the United States. The Spanish Fort never saw action in wartime; even though General Jackson sent some of his best artillery gunners [Jean Lafitte's men] to the fort in preparation for the British attack in 1814, he recalled them for the Battle of New Orleans when it was clear the enemy would not enter Lake Pontchartrain. The fort was decommissioned in 1823. Pistol balls excavated at the turn of the 20th Century from that site........................$18.00/each

5051 - WAR OF 1812 BRITISH 3RD MODEL BROWN BESS BAYONET, 21" overall, 16.5" blade, Osborn in script. The crown over inspector's number is a Tower mark. This socket bayonet will date between 1796 - 1808, after which it was Osborn & Gunby. Reference "British & Commonwealth Bayonets" by Skennerton & Richardson, pp. 56, 57. Numerous other test marks including rack #87. A nice non-dug War of 1812 bayonet used on the famous 3rd Model Brown Bess musket.............................$245.00

5058 - LARGE BRITISH FLINTS, WAR OF 1812, large musket flints found near Lake Ontario that are mostly gray in color most probably from Suffolk in England some amber from France. Flints held in the flintlock cock jaws, cushioned by a small piece of cloth, leather or even by a small lead sheet, a flint was usually good for between twenty and thirty firings before deteriorating or splitting. Each soldier, therefore, was expected to carry many spare flints as well as powder and ball.......................................$10.00/each      2 @ $15.00

7089 - 85TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, SHAKO PLATE, after fighting in the European front against Napoleon the 85th Regiment was sent to America during the War of 1812 (1812 - 15), fighting at Bladensburg (1814), Washington (1814) and New Orleans (1815). In recognition of its service there it was allowed to add 'The Duke of York's Own' to its title, after the Prince Regent's younger brother Frederick. After Napoleon surrendered, when the regiment had been brought up to strength, it was sent in 1814 to the United States as part of General Ross's army destined for operations in Chesapeake Bay. The 85th took part in the victory at Bleadensburg in August 1814, capturing two American colors (now on display in the Regimental Museum) and then entered Washington with Ross's army. The major public buildings in Washington, newly designated as the US capital, were burned down during this occupation. Following the British repulse at Baltimore, where Ross was killed, and the 85th was sent southwards to join the army under General Packenham which was to attack New Orleans. The 85th played a distinguished part in the battle on January 8th, 1815, capturing American gun positions across the Mississippi, but joined the general retreat when British attacks were repulsed and the battle lost. Almost complete, this shako plate is missing the crown [as most are] but the plate itself is sharply defined with a nice patina. The information with tag states found along the Mississippi River near Chalmette, LA. A duplicate from my personal collection....................................................................SOLD

11093 - WAR OF 1812 CHEESEBOX CANTEEN, 3.5" X 9", cedar "cheese box" design, three leather straps held in place by brass tacks, blue-green paint with red painted M. S. for Massachusetts State. The color suggests a manufacture date of after August 1812. [See O'Donnell #048]. This is the standard War of 1812 canteen used by US army troops and militias. Iron nails used to secure the overlapping sides. Very good, nice surfaces and has the original paint finish........................................................SOLD

2003 - SEMINOLE WAR PERIOD CARTRIDGE BOX, A wooden block cartridge box covered in leather designed to wear on the belt on loops. 4" high, 2 3/4" deep, and 9" wide. Wooden block for 24 - .64 caliber cartridges for the Model 1818 smoothbore. Wooden block boxes were done away with after 1828 in favor of tins and the caliber of this box puts it in the period 1818 - 28. The brass Eagle insignia is the style of that period to 1840. The box is in excellent condition with only the two leather small loops missing on the back of the box. Period of the Seminole War to the militia units of the Mexican War........................................SOLD


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