JAMES HEATON TO WORTHINGTON
St. Mary's April 26th 1813
About the middle of Feby. I set out from home to try the fortune of war. I received your letter the same day I set out at Hamilton, and about ten days ago I received from home a regular file of Washington papers, which your goodness has favored me with, in one of which is Mr. Clay's Speech on the New Army bill, which is compared by some to Gabriels Sword - Yesterday General Green Clay's Brigade set out from here for the Rapids, the St. Mary's and Auglaize rivers were in fine order for transportation, and a large quantity of provision &c was embarked -- These troops were composed of fine stout looking men generally, but I think there is much more room among them for dicipline and subordination than among the Ohio troops. The greatest part of the Ohio troops are at the Rapids General Wingate is yet here and has the charge of what is called the left line of operations, but expects to be ordered on before the great movement is made. I think I have long since expressed to you my opinion of this Gentleinans Military talents and disposi- tion, he is a Deciple of Anthony Wayne, and I think will do honor to the State and himself --
It is said that the late promotion of Messrs McArthur and Cass, has made room for others, and that one Col. is to bo appointed in the lower part of the State, if so there is or will be candidates enough no doubt, If however I had a vote on that question, I should give it to Major Joseph Jinkinson of Cincinnati, tho I am not certain he is a candidate, but if he is I know of no character in the lower counties, to whose appointment there would be fewer popular exceptions, as either in point of zeal for the cause or talents, and as for enemies I believe he has none, and besides his acquaintance in the country general & extensive.
The Indians at Wohpochkanata (or Ft. Logan) appear to continue quite friendly, but are troublesome by way of visiting, the Delaware s are rather saucy. Our Spies have seen no signs unfavorable in the neighbourhood of this place yet. I act in the capacity of Brigade Quarter Master and know not how long I may stay at this post. I will write you when anything occurs worth your notice &c
I am with respect &c
Thos. Worthington Esq.
|Ohio_Historical_Society - 1982 Velma Ave. - Columbus, OH 43211 - © 1998 All Rights Reserved.|