Monday, 4 April 2011
Recently painted No 22 U.S 1st Light Dragoons 1812
Once again, another of Posties units I have recently painted, the figures represent the 1st U.S Light Dragoons, for the War of 1812. The figures are Mini-Figs and are based up for Posties GdB rules. We were not sure if the unit carried any flag and what kind of flag it would be, so Postie has put a generic U.S flag, which look good in my opinion!!
On the 12th April 1808 by U.S congress decree, five regiments of infantry, one Rifle, one light artillery and one Light Dragoon were raised, consisting of 8 companies of 54 men. Their sole qualification to join was that they had to be good Jeffersonians. The Federal government equipped and accoutred the new Dragoons as light infantry, as they were unwilling to pay for horses until war broke out!!
In May 1813, during the War of 1812, a British landing party of 1200 men tried to take Sackett's Harbour, the only decent harbour on the American side of Lake Ontario. They were opposed by Brigadier General Jacob Brown, 400 regulars and 250 volunteers. Brown was stubborn and 250 of his regulars belonged to the 1st & 2nd Light Dragoons. Together with some local militia, whom the regulars had to constantly rally fought the British to a standstill ans saved the port.