Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
United States. Army. 29th Infantry Orderly Book, 1814

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, April 2011

Summary Information
Title: United States. Army. 29th Infantry orderly book
Creator: United States. Army. 29th Infantry
Inclusive dates: 1814
Extent: 1 Volume
Abstract:
The United States. Army. 29th Infantry orderly book (124 pages) contains the general orders, detail orders, and morning reports of a New York infantry stationed at Sackets Harbor from March to August 1814, during the War of 1812.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1932. M-2033.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

United States. Army. 29th Infantry Orderly Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The 29th United States Infantry was established in Albany, New York, on January 29, 1813, during the War of 1812. Major John Ellis Wool (1784-1869) and Major Asa B. Sizer (1780-1829) led the regiment, which was stationed at Sackets Harbor from March to August 1814. They fought under General Alexander Macomb at the Battle of Plattsburg in September of that year. After the war the regiment was combined with the 6th United States Infantry.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The United States. Army. 29th Infantry orderly book (124 pages) contains the general orders, detail orders, and morning reports of a New York infantry stationed at Sackets Harbor from March to September 1814, during the War of 1812. One of the members of the regiment kept the orders.

The volume opens stating the following:

"Major A. B. Sizen Took the command May 11th, 1814 of Smiths cantonment

Samuel B Hickcox

Lieut & Adjutant of the consolidated 5th, 6th, 12th, 15th, & 29th Reg. Infantry"

The morning reports (pages 3-15) are comprised of tables documenting the numbers of troops and officers counted for duty, sick call, absence, arrest, and extra duty. Covered are daily counts for the months April, May, June, and the first half of July 1814. John C. Rochester is listed as commander for April, May and July, and Asa Sizer is listed as commander for June and the empty August table. Page 15 contains three entries for guards serving under Major John Ellis Wool.

The general orders (pages 17-90) comprise the bulk of the volume and cover March 14 to August 18, 1814. The orders come from the headquarters at Sackets Harbor, New York, and include details on the 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, and 30th Infantries, as well as a Dragoon of Horses and the 1st United States Riflemen. Various officers signed these orders, including Captain John C. Rochester, Brigadier General E. P. Gains, Brigadier Major James Gleason, War Department Clerk Daniel Parker, Captain of Light Artillery G. W. Melvin, and General Alexander Macomb. The volume also contains occasional orders from Washington D.C. Orders document fort duties, defense, promotions, transfers, appointments, courts martial, and battles.

Notable entries include:

  • June 1 and 12, 1814: Order describing the capture of a British naval force at Sandy Creek by Daniel Appling (1787-1817), leading the 1st United States Riflemen and a group of Oneida Indians. Appling and his troops were charged with protecting naval stores at Oswego under Commodore Isaac Chauncey (pages 50 and 57)
  • August 21, 1814: Order for surgeons to report to Plattsburg, and a report on a battle fought by the Light Infantry on August 15th (page 87)

The detail orders (pages A1-A34, beginning at the back of the volume) contain daily counts of subalterns, sergeants, captains, privates, and police stationed at Sackets Harbor from March 15 through July 13, 1814. Both the 13th and 29th Infantries are documented. Entries also contain brief orders for the regiments and details on leadership assignments. Officers mentioned include lieutenants Rosecrantz, Simonds, Noyes, Smyth, Myers, Childs, Captain John C. Rochester, and Ensign [Bunbridge].

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Appling, Daniel, 1787-1817.
    • Macomb, Alexander, 1782-1841.
    • Military discipline.
    • Sackets Harbor (N.Y.)
    • Sandy Creek (N.Y.)
    • United States--History--War of 1812.
    • Wool, John Ellis, 1784-1869.
    Genre Terms:
    • Orderly books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    United States. Army. 29th Infantry orderly book,  1814 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The following Clements Library collection contains material from a member of the United States 29th Infantry:

    The Thomas Turner journal

    The Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, has the Sizer family papers, with material related to Asa Sizer's service in the War of 1812 (Manuscripts Collection 67)

    Bibliography

    Powell, William H. List of Officers of the Army of the United States From 1779 to 1900, Embracing a Register of All Appointments by the President of the United States in the Volunteer Service During the Civil War, and of Volunteer Officers in the Service of the United States. New York: L. R. Hamersly & co., 1900. p. 130.