Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 22 August 1814

From Charles Yancey

camp Fairfield 22nd Augt 1814

Dr Sir

I perform a duty gratefull to my feelings in communicating to you our Military Movements or operations since our arrival at this place. we were organized into two Regts on  inst and altho’ more officers were called out, under the requisition from the State, than what are necessary under the requisition Adopted by the U.S. which gave disquietude to the supernumeraries, yet like good Citizens, they have honorably acquiesced under the Arrangement, & thereby given high evidence of public virtue. I have the honor to inform you that I command the 1st Regt & Coln Belew of Buckingham the 2nd. with the officers & men under my Command, I am perfectly satisfied, They will do their duty; & acquit themselves with honor If met by the foe. Col Edward1 Garland who was a Soldier of 76, come down as my adjutant on his arrival here, he found that Station required, more activity, labor, & exertion, than a man of his advanced age could perform. has quietly Returned to his family, & his place is filled by Capt B. Stanard. an officer of merit. who comes well Recommended to me, these instances of devotion to our country must be pleasing to its friends & I am Sure to no One more than yourself. we expect Shortly to remove to the Holly Spring where it is Said, the Water is better than it is here altho’ our men considering our w[eat]her have had but few on the Sick list. I sha[ll] be happy as I am fully pursuaded2 that you feel a deep Interest in every thing which relates to our Common Country, whose liberties You were So instrumental in establishing, that in the recess of More important avocations you wou’d drop me a line, & be assured that I shall feel high Gratification, from time to time to give You Such Inteligence as may be entitled to your notice I have the honor to be respectfully Your Mo Obdt St

C’ Yancey

RC (DLC); torn at seal; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Aug. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

Camp fairfield was near Richmond. Lieutenant Colonels Thomas Ballowe (belew) and Charles Yancey commanded the 1st and 2nd Virginia Regiments, respectively (Butler, Virginia Militia description begins Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812, 1988 description ends , 22, 254–5).

1Manuscript: “Eward.”

2Manuscript: “pursuded.”

Index Entries

  • Ballowe, Thomas search
  • Camp Fairfield (Henrico Co.); Va. miltia at search
  • Garland, Edward; militia service of search
  • militia; organization of search
  • Stanard, B. (militia officer) search
  • War of1812; militia activity search
  • Yancey, Charles; letters from search
  • Yancey, Charles; militia service of search