Re: 1812 James Secord husband of Laura Ingersoll Secord
- Based on Ruth McKenzie's work, James was a Captain in the 1st Lincolns pre-war but resigned/sold his commission. According to her research, on the eve of war he joined Capt Isaac Swayze's Car Brigade (Artillery Drivers) as a Sergeant.
Of course in Gray's book, a Sergeant James Secord can be found in the Car Brigade, Ensign James Secord is listed for the 1st Lincolns and Captain James Secord is listed under the casualties for October 13th, 1812. As Ray mentioned, this is a fluid period with fighting taking place literally in the Secord's backyard. There may be a couple of James Secords in Niagara. His rank, and role, may have changed before and during the war. Still some work to do on the final answer, if there is one.
His military service in the Lincoln militia (perhaps Captain, then Sergeant, then Ensign ?) definitely came to an end on October 13th, 1812 on Queenston Heights when he is shot in the leg and in the shoulder.
His more famous wife finds him on the battlefield and has him taken back home, about 300 yards away.
Good luck Pauline!
Unrelated, modern example of military intelligence.
I happen to know a guy who was a Sergeant, holding the position of Battery Sergeant Major but not the rank of Sergeant Major or Master Warrant Officer, then this person was not in the militia for a few years but is now a Captain holding the position of Battery Commander. Perfect sense right?