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Michigan

Abel Bingham

During the brief campaign they made several incursions into Canada, routing the British not far from Champlain, capturing many prisoners, retaking smuggled goods, and participating in several skirmishes. In the spring of 1814, for his prompt and efficient service, he received a lieutenant's commission; and the captain having obtained leave of absence, the command of the company devolved upon him, which position he retained till the close of the war. He participated in several engagements, the most distinguished of which was the battle of Platts-burg. When the British made a move on that place the battalion to •which he belonged, composed of 150 men, was commanded by Major Sanford, who ordered him to take a detachment of 40 men and rout a British picket. They met in the woods, fired upon each other, and both parties retreated. At sunrise they joined Major Wool, with 300 or 400 regulars. There was no time for breakfast, so each man took a slice of raw pork and bread, shouldered their arms and fought on the retreat until they reached Plattsburg, eight miles.

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