Re: [War Of 1812] Lawyers and the War of 1812
- Good point Dale: My comment was in no way designed to cast aspersions
on his character. To be fair, he was not shot deliberately by his men,
or anyone else, but undoubtedly by accident. Stoney Creek was a
confusing fight, to say the least. He was always a staff officer and
never had field command.
This was his only time in battle. His memorial, to no less a person
than the Duke of York asking for promotion directly to Major, lists a
number of other minor incidents which hardly count for anything
militarily. One such incident is the rescue of a book on Theological
Ethics from the burning library at Newark) in December 1813.
As I said, his military career was quite undistinguished.
Years later, in 1837 when he had been appointed Colonel of the Gore
Militia by Maitland, he was itching to have a a go at the rebels in
York. He died of pneumonia before he could make it to York.
On 26-Feb-07, at 9:14 PM, Dale Kidd wrote:
> --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, Ray Hobbs <ray.hobbs@...> wrote:
> > "Our own" Lieutenant Thomas Taylor of the 41st Foot was a lawyer.
> > His subsequent military career was particularly undistinguished,
> except for being shot in the back at Stoney Creek.
> With due respect to Lt. Taylor... it might be a better indicator of
> what kind of soldier and officer he was, particularly in the eyes of
> his men, if we knew for certain which way he was facing when that ball
> hit him in the back! Unfortunately, that's one of those situations
> where any answer you can come up with could be construed in a negative
> light. In fairness, though, it WAS dark, and a very confusing battle
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