Soldiers at Fort Niagara {1835-1856}


Official Military Records
Extracted from the NARA - Microfilm Series M-233, #20-22 and compiled here courtesy of WWW.BUFFALONET.ORG
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The Rebellion of 1837, despite its diminished strategic value, troops reoccupied Fort Niagara in 1828. They saw only routine duty until most were sent westward to fight against the Indians of Wisconsin in the Black Hawk War of 1832. Two years later, Fort Nigara was deactivated a second time and not reoccupied until 1838 in response to a new crisis on the northern border. Disaffected Canadians had risen in rebellion against their government in 1837, and the rebels sought arms andshelter in the United States. Anglo-American relations quickly deteriorated. Fort Niagara was in no condition to resist attack should war actually come. Heightened tensions caused American authorities to reexamine the defenses along the Canadian border. Recommendations made in 1838 caused Congress to authorize repairs and improvements to Fort Niagara. Work commenced in 1839. The land defenses were rebuilt, the 1816 seawall was completed, a masonary wall and shot furnace were constructed along the river side, and repairs were made to several buildings. By 1843, Fort Niagara was once again defensible. The border tensions of 1837-38 had subsided by the time renovations were completed.  War with Mexico in 1846 again diverted United States military resources, and the Fort Niagara garrison was withdrawn a third time. Troops returned at the conclusion of the conflict in 1848, only to depart once again in 1854. The decreased importance of the United States Army to the western frontier dictacted such sporadic occupation of Fort Niagara. Often, in the 1840s and 1850s, the post was guarded by a lone ordnance sergeant, Lewis Leffman.
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AKEHURST, William CRAWFORD, James GERTZ, Philip LEDGET, Richard PHILIPS, Daniel STANLEY, Charles J.
AYRES, William E. CROLL, James GILDERSON, Patrick LEE, Edward PIGEREIUM, William STEWART, Hugh
BARBOUR, Mexunder CURTAIN, John GILLIAN, Patrick LEE, Edward PITCHER, Samuel STOWELL, Jesse A.
BASSELL, John DANIELSON, George GORMAN, Edward LEFFMAN, Lewis PUTNAM, Jacob STRIKER, William
BELGER, John DONOHUE, Patrick GRADY, Patrick LOUX, James RATHBURN, John L. STROMAYER, Fred
BELL, Erwin DAMON, Warren GRADY, Patrick MADDEN, Michael REILEY, James STROMAYER, Fred
BILLINGS, George DELANEY, John GREY, Thomas MAYERS, John ROBERTSON, John T. STUART, William
BOLT, Richard DIGMAN, Henry GRINDELL, Andrew MAYNARD, Joshua J. ROSS, John SWAN, Andrew
BOWKER, Simeon P. DOUD, Francis GRISEL, William F. McALREY, Alexander RHYNE, Patrick TERRY, James
BOYCE, Jonathan DOWD, Francis HALEY, John H. McCALLUM, Hugh ROBERTS, Chester THEOBOLD, George
BRENNER, James DOYLE, William A. HANLEY, Michael McCOLLUM, Abram ROBINSON, Charles THOMAS, William S.
BRIDGES, Abe J. DRAIME, John F. HAYNES, Patrick McCORMICK, John B. ROBINSON, Charles THOMPSON, Charles
BRIDGES, Abe J. DRISCOLL, Edward HEUSINGER, A. McDONALD, John ROBINSON, John THOMPSON, Daniel
BROWN, John DRUMMOND, William HEWITT, John McGLORIN, John ROCHTEE, Dominicus THOMPSON, William
BROWN, Lewis DWYER, James HEWITT, John McLAUGHLIN, John RYON, Patrick TILLSON, Stephen
BROWNE, John EAGAN, James HIBBERD, William McPHERSON, Martin SAWYER, Jacob TREDWAY, James
BRYANT, Thomas S. EARING, Frederick HOWARD, George McMULLEN, Daniel SCHRAPPNER, Nick TULLIM, John
BUTLER, James EAST, Thomas HUGHES, James MEAD, John SCOFIELD, Herman UNDERWOOD, J.
CALLAHAN, Lawrence EDGAR, Joseph W. HUNT, Wheeler D. MERKEY, Alexander SCOFIELD, Soth VAMBRUNT, William
CARR, Stephen A. ENGELROTH, John JONES, David MILLER, John SEXTON, John VANDEROOT, John
CASEY, Patrick FARRAR, Washington JONES, John MONTGOMERY, Wm. SHANNON, Charles VROONAN, Peter
CASSEDY, Bernard FEHR, George J. KEARY, Peter MOON, James SIMPSON, John WATSON, Henry
CAVANAH, Charles FITZGERALD, G. KELLY, James MORRIS, George W. SKINNER, Israh T. WATKINS, John C.
CHAMBERLIN, Martin FORREST, George KEON, Patrick MURPHY, Walter SLAMM, William WAYMAN, William
CHANDLER, Benjamin FOSTER, James KINNA, Martin NELSON, William SLAMM, William WEED, John B.
CLARK, Henry FRANCIS, Charles D. KIPP, Franklin OLIVER, William SMITH, Andrew WELCH, William
CLARK, John FRIZELL, Andrew KLOCKHARD, Lewis OPPERMANN, Carl A. SMITH, Charles WILSON, William R.
CLARK, Thomas FULLIM, John KNAPP, Eli O'SULLIVAN, J'miah SMITH, John WOODS, Geaorge
COCORAN, John GAINOR, James KNAPP, John OUDERIKE, James SMITH, John WOODS, Joshua
COGHLAN, John GALLAUGHER, James KNAPP, William PARRISH, Watson SMITH, John YOUNG, Stephen
CONNELLY, Owen E. GALLBRAITH, James LEDGET, John PERRY, Wilson H. SMITH, Thomas
CONROY, Dennis GATELESS, John LEDGET, John PHILIPS, Alonzo SPRAGUE, Henry

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