Sunday’s Salute ~ Robert Richey ~ War of 1812

war of 1812Robert Richey, my maternal 4th great-grandfather, was born in 1790, in Barren County, Kentucky. He is one of my many brick walls, so I don’t know who his parents are at this time. At the age of 10 in 1800, he was residing in Bourbon County, Kentucky. We find him back in Barren County in 1809, where we find he has married Sarah “Sally” Warder (1792-1850) on October 19th. They had 5 children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. At the age of 20, Robert enlisted in the Light Artillery Division.

The War of 1812 was an armed conflict between the United States and the British Empire. The British restricted the American trade since they feared it was harmful to their war with France. They also wanted to set up an Indian state in the Midwest in order to maintain their influence in the region, which is why 10,000 Native Americans fought on the side of the British. Since Canada was a British colony back then, Canadians were also British allies. The Americans objected to the British Empire restricting their trade and snatching their sailors to serve on British ships. They were also eager to prove their independence from the British Empire once and for all.

Robert was annexed to Captain Gates unit on January 14, 1812, and Robert Richey war of 1812continued there until he was ordered to Washington on March 6, 1813. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on September 20, 1813, and he was attached to Captain Freeman’s Company. He received orders to go to Fort Washington on April 24, 1814. I know that the fort was destroyed and most of the men were killed. I don’t know what happened to cause the following: Robert was tried by the military at Fort Constitution in January 1815, for Disobedience of Orders. He was promptly dismissed from service.

Robert returned home to Barren County, Kentucky. He bought several acres of land and began farming tobacco. In 1827, Robert moved his family to Lafayette County, Missouri. He died there in 1831 at the age of 41.


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