VAN HORN TO MEIGS
Zanesville 1th. Augt. 1812.
A number of Patriotic Citizens of this place devoted to the cause of their country, have formed themselves into a Volunteer Company, Elected their Officers and now tender their services, in the words following
"A number of Citizens of Zanesville Springfield and their vicinities, impressed with the necessities of the righteous war into Which our common Country is involved with Great Britain & her dependencies, and believing the only way to obtain a per manent and honourable peace, is to prosecute the War with vigour and carry home to the Enemy the vengeance they have so justly merited by a long list of unprovoked enormities
And believing it possible that our Brethren in arms under the Command of Genl. Hull in the common cause may stand in need of Assistance to wrest from the Enemy the strong hold of Malden, and also determined to free our frontier settlements from the dreadful apprehension of the Tomahawk & Scalping knife in the hands of a barbarous Savage & British foe, have formed ourselves into a volunteer Company under the Act of Congress of lOth. April 1812, and through you as Adjt. Genl. do tender our services to the Commander in Chief of this State, and will hold our- selves in readiness to march at a Moments warning to give every assistance in our power to reduce the Enemy in the neighbourhood of Detroit or Malden, and will serve for that purpose any length of time required not exceeding six months"
By order of the Company
Stephen C. Smith Capt.
V Horn Adjt. Genl.
The Patriotic Ardour which manifested itself in the formation of this Company, for the support of our Brethren on the Lake (if necessary) many of whom are men of the first standing in Society, is highly honour- able to themselves, and merits the approbation of every friend to his Country.
To you sir, whose unremitted exertions have been directed with success in aid of the Genl Government, to a vigorous prosecution of the War, It will be flattering to hear of the Voluntary tender of the service of company of Patriotic Freeman from almost every section of the state.
In my last I omitted to inform you that I had received from Major Genl. Wadsworth a Return of the Volunteers organized under the Act of Congress for raising 50000 Volunteers Viz Three Officers, and Sevinty se- ven Lien in the first Brigade
Four Officers and Eighty Men in the second Brigade
Four Officers and forty seven Non Comd Officers & Men in the 3d. Brigade
Two Officers & Twenty five Voluntiers and twelve drafts in the fourth Brigade
Making an Aggregate of Two hundred and fifty four Men including officers --
I have Communicated with each of the Commandants of Regiments in Genl, Cass Brigade & every exertion is making to march, if not the In- dependent Companies - Such portions of the drafts as at least 150.
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