Colonel John Anderson
Colonel John Anderson had a house in Detroit that was occupied by the United States 28th. regiment infantry in December of 1813, the house had been taken over by General Harrison because when the General had reached Detroit he found that they were destitute of the facillities necessary to camp in the field. He order that houses as many as possible should be rented. The house of Colonel Anderson was occupied without his knowledge. Then on December 14, 1813 through the neglect by the men who occupied it the house burnt down. The Quartermaster stated that the way it was finised that $1,300 dollars was a reasonable compensation.
Mary Frazier, of Maryland was asking compensation of $800. dollars for the lost of a fram house in Cavert County, on the river patuxent. She alleged that it was destroyed by the enemy for bing used as a hospital for the man of the United States Flotilla. Dr. Hamilton reports that the house was occupied by a few sick men from the Flotilla, for a few day's but wasn't ordered by him and that the house was not burnt. A few days after leaving St. Leonard's Creek the enemy came to the twon of St. Leonard's and burt a tobacco house and several other houses, but not the Frazier house. However if the house was burnt the compensation should not be more then fifty dollars as at the time it was occpied by the sick it was a wretched hovel, being deserted and vacant at the time, without windows and entirely open. Being a one story frame and entirley rotten. The compensation should not be more then fifty dollars.
Robert Swell states that on the retreat of the American forces from Bladensburg on August 24, 1814, a party of commodores, Barney's men then a portion of the force, threw themselves into his house and made an attack from said house upon the advannce party of the British army under the command of General Ross; by which attack General Ross's horse was killed, one or two of his men were killed and several wounded. The adventurous and heroic party were immediately overpowered by the British force; three of then were taken prisoners in the house, whilst the remainder made there escape by flight.
The house of Mr. Swell thus made a block-house by the gallant little band, was instantly set on fire by order of Genreal Ross and edstoryed with all it's costly furniture. The house had been deserted by it's inhabitants, Mr. Swell having several months before removed himself to his fram in Prince George's County, for the summer and his son William Swell in whose care the house had been left by his father, was then employed in the militia who had been called into service sometime before when the enemy threatened the adjacent county.
Ralph M. Pomroy
On Nov. 24, 1812, a house owned and occupied by Mr. Ralph M. Pomroy, in the village of Buffalo, New York, was broken into by some soliders of the United States army, his furniture was destroyed and the house set a fire and burnt to the ground.
More Burnt Houses
1794, William Dewees, of the county of Chester, in the State of Pennsylvania, was asking for compensation and the value of a dwelling-house and other property which were burnt and destroyed by the enemy during the late war.
1791, John Harly, asking for compensation for his house which was burnt through carelessness while occupied as a Hospital for the Continental troops in the late war.
1814, Benedict J. Heard, asking for compensation for his house that ws burnt by the British, in St. Mary's county, Maryland.
John Streeper, asking compensation for the loss of a house, accidentally burnt by a picket guard of the American Army, in December, 1777.
Jhon Guest, asking compensation for a house in the town of Havre de Grace, in the state of Mayland, that was burnt by the British in 1813.
Nathaniel Canada, of New London, in Connecticut, asking to be remunerated for the loss of a bridge and house burnt by the enemy in 1814, in consequence of the occupancy of the house by troops of the United States.
Amelia Cress, widow and executrix, and George Cress, executor of Henry Cress, deceased, was asking compensation for the loss of the dwelling-house of the deceased, which was taken as a guard-house by the American Army, and burnt by the enemy, on the fourth of December, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven.
Hickman Johnson, guardian of Juliet Sollers, asking remuneration for certain houses burnt by the British in 1814, in consequence of being occupied by troops of the United States.
Henry Waller, of Maryland, asking for remuneration for the loss of a dwelling-house that was burnt by the enemy, in August 1814, in consequence of the presence of troops of the United States in and about the house.
John Brunson, asking for indemnity for a house and store at Buffalo, that were burnt by the enemy in 1813, while occupied by troops of the United States as a barrack and hospital.
1793, Julius Kirper, was asking for compensation for the loss of a house, barn, and other property which were taken for the use of the American Army, and burnt, or otherwise destroyed, by the enemy, during the late war.
Francis Nash, of Greenwich, in the State of Connecticut, was asking for the renewal of a certain loan-office certificate, for the property -house which was burnt, or otherwise destroyed, by a detachment of the British Army, some time in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine.
Michael Dill, asking for remuneration for the loss of two houses that were burnt by the enemy at Buffalo, during the late war, in consequence of their being at the time occupied by troops of the United Sates.
1793, Thomas Frothingham, of Charlestown, in the State of Massachusetts, son and heir of Abigail Frothingham, deceased, was asking for compensation for the value of a dwelling-house, of the said deceased, which was burnt by a detachment of the American Army, under the command of General Sullivan, during the late war.
William Walker, executor of William Walker, late of Brownstown, in the Territory of Michigan, asking for indemnification for the loss of certain houses and other property, burnt and destroyed by the British during the late war, in consequence of the said houses being occupied, at the time, as public offices.
Thomas Walker praying compensation for his great sufferings and losses in Canada, submit the following Report:
Thomas Walker for many years previous to the late war was of the Magistracy of the Province of Quebec and a reputable merchant at Montreal. That at the earliest period of disagreement between the late Colonies and Great Britain Mr. Walker took a decided part in favor of the principles that justify the separation of the two Countries, and by an uniform conduct gave an example of patriotism to the friends of liberty in Canada, which drew upon him the barbarous resentment of the Military then stationed in that Country.
Mr. Walker industriously circulated the address of Congress to the people of the Province of Quebec in the yearunder circumstances of hazard and imminent danger and for his active support of the measures recommended by Congress, was imprisoned by Genl. Carleton on a charge of treason, loaded with heavy irons and liberated only by the arrival of General Montgomery in Canada. His house and store were burnt at the time of his arrest, and his goods plundered by a party of armed men. Upon obtaining his freedom he aided the forces sent against Quebec, and advanced of his remaining property for their convenience. The Committee are sensible that Congress by a resolve of April 23rd., 1783, pointed out a mode of compensating Canadians for sufferings during the late war; but they are of opinion that the great losses and peculiar suffering of Mr. Walker, and his present situation, authorize a compensation in addition to that proposed by the resolve aforesaid; and therefore submit that it be, Resolved, that the sum of 2000 dollars be granted Board of Treasury take order for the payment of 1500 Dollars to Mr. Thomas Walker towards a compensation for his losses and sufferings in Canada, and that it be and hereby is recommended to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pay and deduct the same from their quota of the requisition of the year 1785.
William White of Knox county in the state of Kentucky is asking for compensation for the damages in being unjustly turned off his farm on Yellow Creek, between the ford on the Cumberland River and the Cumberland Mountain as a intruder on Indian land, in the year of 1801.
Gideon Johnston, states that at the begining of the American Revolution at Yorktown, the place of his residence in Virginia, he enlisted as a soldier, that in short time he was appointed a Lieutenant; that he served as a brigade quartermaster, and received lastly, the commission of a Captain; that he held that command during the campaigns in the Carolinas, and at the siege of Yorktown; that in that memorabe siege his house was destroyed by the British and American batteries; that it's ruin was completed by the British, who wantonly levelled it with the ground; that his furniture was also pillaged by them; that in early life he contemplated the loss as an evil which he ought to sustain in silence; that indigence, oppressed with age, has produced a change of opinion he is now asking for compensation for the loss.
Mottrom Ball, claims payment for a dwelling-house and kitchen, with Sunday property therein, contained, near the mouth of the Coan River, Northumberland county, Virginia, destroyed by the enemy on August 7, 1814, in consequence ( as he alleges ) of the said houses being occupied as barracks at that time by troops in the service of the United States, the value of which he estimates at $1,400, it appears that troops were stationed at Mr. Ball's farm in the year of 1813, and some huts erected and works of defence thrown up near to Mr. Ball's house. This encampment was contined by the troops until it's destruction by fire. One company of troops that arrived ten days before the 7th., had no tents took possession of Mr. Ball's house and kitchen and used them as barracks until the morning of August 7, 1814, when the enemy appeared at the Coan, then entered the river and commenced a fire with artillery, on the American troops who finding that resistance was unavailing in that the enemy being able to cover the landing of their troops under a fire of heavy artillery on board their vessels. As the Americans retreated the enemy landed and burnt Mr. Ball's house and kitchen, and all the huts put up by the Americans troops, and levelled the works of defence.
It appears that Philip Bryant, of Chateaugay of the State of New York, volunteered as a Lieutenant under Captain David Erwin of the militia and continued in service till discharged by Major General Hampton; that in the winter of 1814, he was employed by Colonel Bissel, to reconnoiter the enemy's lines, and to watch their movements; that a part of his house was occupied as a guard-house during the time the army remained there, about three months. At the time of evacuation of the army there was stored at his house thirty barrels of beef and pork belonging to the army. Immediately after the army left the enemy appoached and because they found public property at his house and as he performed services for the army, and that part of his house was used as a guard-house, they plundered and destroyed whatever furniture and other personal property they could find. The house was injured as much as they coud without demolishing it, destroying all doors, floors and windows, therfore he is asking for compensation in the amount of six hundred dollars.
Note: As you can see from the information above the reports can get very long and as I have little space I'm adding a index of names. These names all had property destroyed. If you see a name you would like a report of just E. mail me at the above address.
1. 1813, William Eadus, Sodus, New York.
2. 1814, Tobias E. Stansbury Jr., & William Stansbury, Maryland.
3. 1814, Richard Frisby, Maryland.
4. 1778, Joseph Young, ( Also spelled Youngs ) White Plains, New York.
5. 1814, Joseph Janney, Bowler's, Rappahannock River.
6. 1813, Eli Hart, New York.
7. 1814, Richard Frisby, Maryland.
8. 1776, Mary Brower, Long Island.
9. 1815, Thaddeus Mayhew, Louisiana.
10. 1813, Herman B. Potter, New York.
11. 1776, Thomas Frothingham, Mass.
12. 1812, Jasper Parish, Canandaigua, County of Ontario.
13. 1779, Jacob Van Tassell, Greensburg, County of Westchester.
Daniel Bradley in 1798 was ordered with a detachment out of the 4th. United States regiment under his command to remove intruders from Indain lands claimed by the Cherokee Indians; that becoming obnoxious to those whom he removed, some of the party privately took from him a valuable horse which he had with him, and which he considered necessary to perform his duty, carried said horse to a private place on Cumberland mountain, and shot him. He is now asking for compensation for the loss of his horse.
Note: It was found that a officer did not need a horse to perform his duty, there was no compensation given.
John A. Webster
John A. Webster, was a sailingmaster, and attached to the Flotilla under Commodore Barney during the late war. When the city of Washington was threatened by the enemy Commodore Barney cause, the Flotilla to be destroyed, and with the force under his command joined the army near Washington, and rendered essential services at the battle of Bladensburg. John A. Webster was ordered by his commander to join him near Bladensburg. Being a good horseman mounted a horse and rode the whole night, and arrived the next morning at the battle grounds in time to take part in the action, and being a good horseman Webster was permitted by Commodore Barney to remain on horseback, and during the action the horse was killed, and himself narrowly escaped the same fate.
William Gwynn, Alabama, forty-seven dollars and fifty cents for a horse killed in battle at Oak Fusky, on January 22, 1814.
Note: May also been spelled Guynn.
John Holmes, Alabama, the sum of sixty dollars for a horse killed in the action with the Creek Indians at Emuckfaw on January 22, 1814.
Morgan Brown, praying compensation for a horse killed whilst in the employment of the United States in the late war with the Creek Indians, 1814.
Mason Ratley, asking compensation for a horse killed in the service of the United States in the Florida war.
Frederick Coates, praying compensation for a horse killed in the service of the United States in the late war with Great Britain.
Hezekiah L. Thistle, praying compensation for a horse killed in the military service of the United States.
The legal representatives of Patrick Gray, deceased, praying compensation for a horse killed in the service of the United States.
A warrant issue on the treasurer in favour of Colonel Robert Lawson, late commandant of the 4th Virginia regiment, for the sum of four hundred and sixty dollars, to indemnify him for the loss of a horse killed under him at the battle of Germantown, and for the loss of his bridle and saddle.
Lieutenant Colonel Jotham Loring, stated that, in the Danbury expedition in which he was principally engaged, he had a horse killed, and asking that another horse may be granted to him to make up his loss.
Catherine M. Smith, of Long Island, New York, praying compensation for a horse killed by a guard of the 42d regiment of infantry, in the month of September, 1814.
John W. W. Jackson, praying compensation for a horse killed in the service of the United States.
William Guynn, of Alabama, praying compensation for a horse killed in battle in the late war with the Southern Indians.
Note: May also been spelled Gwynn.
John Core, The sum of eighty dollars for a horse killed will in public service.
John Walls, of the state of Ohio, praying compensation for a horse killed in the service of the United States in the late war with Great Britain.
Maurice K. Simmons, praying for reimbursement of expenses incurred in consequence of a wound received during the Mexican war, and for pay for a horse killed in the same service.
Ann W. Johnston, one hundred and fifty dollars for a horse killed in action at St. David's in upper Canada, the property of her late husband, a Lieutenant in a company of light dragoons.
Hezekiah L. Thistle, the sum of seventy-five dollars for a horse killed for food by the troops of the United States, on there march through Florida in 1836, Captain Hezekiah L. Thistle, late of the Pennsylvania volunteers in the Florida service.
Mrs. Augusta Boyd, widow of Captain James Boyd, asking for compensation for a horse killed by the enemy during the late war with Mexico.
Elizabeth Skiles, of the State of Illinois, praying compensation for a horse killed while in the use of her brother, who was in an expedition against hostile Indians in the last year, being 1831.
Timothy Bruen, for a horse killed in the service of the United States, during the late war with Great Britain, or the Indians.
Thomas W. Miller, asking for payment for a horse killed in battle.
George Ermatinger, of the Territory of Michigan, asking payment for a horse killed while in the military service of the united States.
Hugh McDonald payment for a horse killed in the service of the United States during the war of 1812.
John J. Beck, of Indiana, praying compensation for a horse killed at the battle of Tippecanoe, in 1811.
Catharine M. Smith, widow of Thomas Denyse Smith, asking compensation for a horse killed by the United States troops on Long Island in 1814.
Colonel William C. Morgan, of the State of Alabama, asking payment for a horse killed in June, 1836, in an engagement with the Creek Indians.
James Armor, asking compensation for the use of a wagon and team, and the loss of sundry horses killed and crippled while employed in the service of the militia.
Lewis B. Paul, ( L. B. Paul), 126th. Ohio infantry, Co. G, He was a Orderly at the battle of Opequon, between Sept. 19-26, 1864. He had his horse killed under him while carrying the brigade flag in that battle.
Lewis H. Shreeve, 6th. Maryland infantry, Co. A., He was a Orderly and had had his horse shot under him at the battle of Opequon or Fisher’s Hill, Sept. 19-26, 1864.
Samuel D. Sawyer, private, 119th. Ill., infantry Co. H., He lived in Mound Station, county of Mc Donough, enlisted Oct. 7, 1862, was promoted 2nd. Lieutenant June 2, 1863.
Samuel D. Sawyer was a acting assistant Adjutant-general at the battle of Nashville Tenn., in or about Dec. 22, 1864, Who charged with the command and had his horse killed under him, but was immediately remounted and rendered most important service in directing the movements of the troops, he is worthy of promotion.
Captain Thomas R. Kerr, 14th. Penn. Cavalry, Co. C., The daring with which he penetrated the enemy's lines of battle, takeing a battle-flag from a regiment in his dash after the rebel commander is worthy of our highes admiration; with his horse killed under him and a severe wound in the head that he escaped death or capture is due to the devoted heroism of the men who followed him.