OSL THOMAS ROWLAND TO MEIGS
Urbana Sept. 2nd. 1812
pursuant to Your orders I proceeded to march my Company on to Sandusky where I received orders from Gen Hull to Join the Army Imediately I accordingly Marched to River Reasin where I lay at the time of Genl. Hulls Disllonourable Capitulation and surrender the officers of the Garri- son determined after holding a council on the subject to abandon the Garri- son which was Imediately done I used every exertion to Get on our baggage & camp equipage but the waggoner owing to the badness of the roads and the weakness of his team was Compelled to leave his waggon to preserve him- self as he states I am in dayly Expectation of seeing you here when I hope to have an opportunity of communicating to you the particulars & the part I have acted in them from which I flatter myself you will find nothing to derrogate from the Confidence my friends have hitherto honoured me with I have had a verry fatiguing March being destitute of allmost every Conven- ience on the March with Incesant rains until I at length arrived here with a number of my men sick I shall await their recovery and your further In- structions I have sent the Lieutenant with a part of my men home with Instructions to Collect the Company again and await my orders I must here Inform you that a part of my Company detached by the Genl order & stationed at Miami & a number of my men Who arived there first part taking of the General having that was created by Capt. Drush, disorderly retreat they as I have under stood being informed by him that they were prisoners of war & to make the best of their way home I being in the rear with my sick about twenty of my men took the nearest rout home without waiting my arr- ival thus sir you see I am placed in a verry akward and disagreeable sit- uation with a heart devoted to the service of my Country & anxious to be amongst the foremost in danger I have not the Means to render that ser- vice I could wish but sir if you can make provision for Arms to be left in the Noreastern Division of the state & furnish me with Money sufficient to pay the arrears & advance Money for Clothing I shall return & loose no time in marching a Company Imediately wherever we may be ordered I would likewise suggest to you that although the returns of the Election has been regularly transmited myself nor any of my officers have yet received our Commissions
I am sir with High respect Your Obedient Servant
Return J. Meigs Esq.
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