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Col. Boerstler captured, 1813

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Maryland Herald and Hagerstown Weekly Advertiser

HAGERSTOWN, July 21, 1813.

To relieve the public anxiety excited by the imperfect accounts heretofore, received of the capture of Col BOERSTLER and the troops under his command the following letters from Col. Boerstler himself and Col. Scott, of the United States army are published by the permission of Dr. Boerstler to whom they are addressed:

Head of Lake Ontario, Upper Canada,
25th June, 1813.

Dear Father,

It becomes my unfortunate lot to inform you that yesterday I was taken prisoner with a detachment under my command amounting to near five hundred men—after an engagement of about three hours I lost not many killed, about forty wounded five or six officers, myself a flesh wound of no consequence— l am on my way to Kingston—I shall write to you every opportunity—the officers under my command must say whether your son did his duty, I need only state to you that I was 17 miles from Fort George and surrounded on all sides by more than my numbers and the enemy's force encreasing, while mine was constantly diminishing, ammunition nearly exhausted, men wearied with a march of ten miles without a mouthful of refreshment, then the engagement, then to fight our way back the whole distance surrounded by woods and filled with Indians—on the score of humanity I determined to capitulate, as it was extremely doubtful whether a man of us would reach Fort George. What I say above will be sufficient for you - my country must apply to those under my command.

Your Son


Col. Scott will please seal and forward the above.

Dear Sir,

I pray you to believe that your son is not condemned for being unfortunate.
Your most obed't serv't.       


Dr. C Boerstler.       


Maryland Herald and Hagerstown Weekly Advertiser


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Washington County (Md.), History, War of 1812, Registers; Maryland, Militia

Sharpsburg (Md.), 1813

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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