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John Scrivener War of 1812

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Date: 1812 [unknown]
Location: Anne Arundel County MDmap
Surname/tag: Scrivener
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This case is one of peculiar hardship, and I take the liberty to mention the circumstance without consulting Mr. Scrivener, who is a man of very respectable standing in society, remarkable for his piety and goodness—he has a wife and twelve children. The fortification was made on his land, being a small embankment about three feet high. At the time the enemy made their attack on Town Point, Capt. Simmons and Capt. Tillard with most of their officers and men were on duty in Baltimore for the defense of that city. The command at Town Point devolved on Lt. Scrivener, who with the few men left of Capt. Simmons and Capt. Tillard’s company were stationed there. The British approached the fortification in their barges in such an overwhelming force that all the men but some 6 or 8 retreated. The battle commenced –the station was gallantly defended by Lt. Scrivener—his cannon was well plied—and when the match gave out, in his zeal to repel the enemy, he laid the pan of a musket on the touch hole of the cannon and fired her in that way—standing near the gun carriage the recoil of the gun ran over his foot—they were compelled to retreat through an open field, nearly half a mile, all the while exposed to the fire of a fleet of barges. All the men could run, but poor Scrivener, who hobbled away as best he could with his lacerated foot, the blood running over the top of his shoe almost at every step.

War of 1812

Lt. John Scrivener served in the 2nd company, Maryland Militia.

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