Memorial to Major William Oliver

 
     
 

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Transcription of a Memorial to Major William Oliver

     The Bravest of the brave, the kindest & best of Men Is no
More - deeply will he be mourned by all who knew him, The writer
had the pleasure of an intimate acquaintance with him, the
commencement of which dates back to the Memorable Campaigns of
the North Western Arm  in 1812, where Oliver's deeds of daring
would have added a wreathe of laurel to the brow of the Knights of
Chivalry. we were attached to the left wing of the N.W. Army.
Our forces left Cincinnati the last of Aug. or early in Sept.
1812, under command of Genl. John Payne of Ky., a Genl. not
famous for energy or perseverance of Character. The progress
of the Army was very slow until after the passage of the
frontier settlements - when within some 3 or 4 days March of
Ft. Wayne news reached us through different channels, that the
Indians had collected in large numbers in the immediate vicinity
of the Ft. & that in all probability, they had closely invested
that fortress. The commanding Genl. had learned by express that
the Govr. of Ky. had appointed Genl. Harrison to the command of
the Ky. troops & that he was on his way to join and assume the
Command of the Army - Myself & our companion were sent back with
dispatches to meet Genl. H. which we done just as he was encamping
for the night. He immediately wrote to Genl. Payne & sent back
one of his attendants with my companion, saying to me, you will
remain & accompany me. The Genl. with his men started next Mor.
before daylight & in the course of that day reached the Army of
which Genl. H. immediately took command. The scenes of that night
were deeply exciting & can't be erased from the Memory - we were in
the country of our enemies. The system of throwing up breast works,
a precaution constantly kept up by our prudent commander, was that
night commenced soon after the weary volunteers, (of which our Army
was almost entirely composed) had lain down to rest - alarm guns
were fired from our outposts: The line of Battle was instantly formed,
all in momentary expectation of hearing the War Whoops & keen reports `
of the Indian Rifle - the officer