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Author:  thechief1984 [ Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:45 pm ]
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SLudwig wrote:
Neat bio writeups! :D I admit not knowing too much about him....

I am sure a lot ppl don't know him but he is every bit as important to the British victory as General Amherst was

Author:  SLudwig [ Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:55 am ]
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For sure.....no one army commander does it on their own. Your subordinates often make or break you.....I need to learn more about Batteomen....

Author:  wsreed [ Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:07 am ]
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Reading Empire of the Summer Moon about the Commanches and how their mastery of the horse changed them from a low level tribe to the most dominant. Best fighters from the horse the world has seen one could argue.

Author:  SLudwig [ Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:26 pm ]
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Very cool! :) Do you like it so far?

Author:  wsreed [ Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:57 am ]
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SLudwig wrote:
Very cool! :) Do you like it so far?


Overall yes, he jumps around a bit, but easy to read, Author is S.C Gwynne. He also has a book on Stonewall Jackson
https://books.google.com/books?id=h_-YBAAAQBAJ

Author:  SLudwig [ Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:21 pm ]
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Cool! :D

Author:  wsreed [ Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:58 am ]
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Suggestions on a Tarleton or one on a Loyalist for Amrev?

Author:  SLudwig [ Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:47 am ]
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Steven might very well when he checks back..... :)

Author:  wsreed [ Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:12 am ]
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SLudwig wrote:
Steven might very well when he checks back..... :)

Steve Trauth?

Author:  SLudwig [ Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:06 pm ]
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No Colon....

Le Longue Barbe.....the Chief! :)

Author:  wsreed [ Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:36 pm ]
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Not an actual book, but a good site
http://www.mountvernon.org/

Author:  SLudwig [ Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:37 pm ]
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It is a very cool site! :)

Author:  S Trauth [ Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:52 am ]
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Author:  S Trauth [ Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:30 am ]
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I wiped the preceding post, mainly because I didn't know how to address how I'd want to phrase things.

In a nutshell, since early 2020, I'd been involved in genealogy, and one thing I found a lot more about was that one of my great grandmother's family came from New England -and early. There are multiple lines that came to what became the US in the 1630's; and families were large, and marriages resulted in some interesting connections. I'm going to leave that alone here, but the gist being that all of that is behind a lot of things.

One thing though, is that recently we passed the anniversary of the Battle of Rhode Island (in 1778), and I'd read the pension application for one of my 5th great grandparents who was there. In his case, he was a teenager who was in a militia unit. He was given duty driving wagons for the Continental Army there. The nature or militia service then was responding to alarms and would come in bursts - so you'd maybe be called up for several weeks and then go home; maybe doing it all again later in the year if something came up, which is what this person's record was like. Mind you I had some relatives in the Continental Army -so the difference in nature of service was pretty interesting ... but I mean while I'm not sure if this was scribed - but the pension application that I referred to above was handwritten -and signed off on, so I got to see the signature of my 5th great grandfather. And I am sure some of his affidavits were relatives as well (who knew of him, and served alongside him). These would be from about 1833-34 -and in this case I think he was awarded a pension.

All of this is basically a promo to go have a read of some of the pension applications if you ever come across any. These are about as close as you can come to an oral history of the times.

I might have written that Benedict Arnold is a 4th cousin (would have to check how many times removed), but Arnold isn't actually the closest cousin I'd found (I think he might have at the time I may have mentioned it ... that probably was what I removed). I guess when it comes to the site I run (or the associated site on FB maybe to be more accurate), is that the people getting posted on there might not be so random as it seems.

The beauty of New England roots, is that they are very well documented. I haven't actually gone back over to anything outside the US -back in the British Isles all that much, and that in some cases, depending upon how lines shape up, there is a possibility that historians have done a lot of the work for you.

Back to Rhode Island in 1778, briefly, and for me essentially (and I said this somewhere before, so I apologise for sounding like a broken record), that was essentially a version of a family reunion.

Author:  S Trauth [ Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:51 pm ]
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William Gray Cobb (1773-1791) was the son of David Cobb. David Cobb, was an aide de camp of George Washington at the time of Yorktown, but this isn't about that... this is about William.

He was a very young ensign in St Clair's force that marched and built a road from Ft Washington (modern day Cincinnati), and would have been typical for young people from families trying to help their younger members get established. By established, meaning in the hierarchy of the army - in this case it was essentially late 18th Century networking.

In this case it ended up costing young Cobb his life, along the headwaters of the Wabash River (which was essentially a creek at that point), he was in charge of one of the outposts from St Clair's camp (if you see maps of the time - it is the one to the NE of camp about 100 yards outside the perimeter). This was a force of about 40 men (I think largely taken from amount the regiment as a whole, as were all of the outposts). It didn't stand a chance. In fact, Cobb was only known by his reputation as Darke named him as 'David Cobb Jr' in his report - more than likely (my theory) was that he knew of David Cobb (who was then in Massachusetts government in various capacities at the time), he also had a major role in Shays' Rebellion, so went with the name that he knew. [That name carried over to the Osprey title], it's also wrong in that Cobb had another son, David, and he was too young to have been there.

There is a letter from Abigail Adams, referring to the sad loss of David Cobb's son; she wrote that to a cousin of John Adams (I think) -- John Adams would have known David Cobb's family, if for no other reason than Adams would have been 'familiar' with Cobb's brother in law: Robert Treat Paine (who was married to Sally Cobb). Robert Treat Paine being a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

William Gray Cobb is buried at the mass grave in Fort Recovery Ohio ( of which they have a memorial of an obelisk over this area).

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