1812 - 1815I am Private Darbin Abolt of the 7th US Infantry Regiment, part of which is commanded by Captain Zachary Taylor, our future president. I was already in the Army when he declared war on the British in June 1812. We were fed up with the British interfering with our trade with France, whom they were already at war with, attacking and boarding our ships and impressing our sailors into their Navy, and supporting the Indians against our settlements. It was insulting to our national honor and we were ready for another war with the British. In my first action I fought the Shawnees. The Chief was Tecumseh who sided with Britain because settlers were moving into his ancestral land. We were outnumbered, but under Captain Taylor we held the fort and claimed victory. The US Army gained control over Lake Erie in 1813 and seized parts of western Ontario. Both campaigns ended the Indian confederacy and an independent Indian state in the Midwest under British sponsorship. In the Southeast, in 1814, General Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek nation at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend ending its bid for independence. However, the British, having defeated Napoleon, now had enough men to send three large invasion armies to New York, Baltimore, and the Gulf coast. They captured and burned Washington in September 1814 but later failed to take Fort McHenry guarding Baltimore. A man named Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of the fort and wrote a right catchy poem about it which we sing using an old British drinking song. It's called "The Star-Spangled Banner" and became our national anthem. By January 1815, all three invasions were defeated. The 7th Infantry was in New Orleans when the Redcoats marched forward. We held our positions and killed many of them in vicious fighting. It was the greatest defeat they had ever suffered. This victory ended the fighting but a peace treaty had been signed in Belgium six weeks before. After this battle, the 7th was proudly called "Cottonbalers" and still is to this day.
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|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 8:24am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 537666 N 3843729|
|Decimal Degrees||34.73496667, -86.58855000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 44.098', W 86° 35.313'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 44' 5.88" N, 86° 35' 18.78" W|
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