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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1811

Vol. I
p100
69

(Born N. Y.)

George Ronan

(Ap'd N. Y.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, June 15, 1808, to Mar. 1, 1811, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Ensign, 1st Infantry, Mar. 1, 1811.

Served: on the Northwestern Frontier, 1811‑12; and in the War of 1812‑15 with Great Britain, being engaged in Captain Heald's desperate engagement near Ft. Chicago, Ill., Aug. 15, 1812, with a vastly superior force of savages, two of whom he slew in a hand-to‑hand fight, but, while upon his knees as he had fallen faint from his bleeding wounds, still wielding his sword, he was himself

Killed,a in the Combat, Aug. 15, 1812: Aged 28.


Thayer's Note:

a George Ronan was the first West Point graduate to be killed in action. Because many of the American dead and wounded were civilians, the engagement is usually referred to, certainly in Chicago itself, as the Fort Dearborn Massacre, but it did not occur at the fort, rather some distance south of it; the fort had been evacuated and the army was trying to lead the civilian inhabitants to safety in Indiana, when they were ambushed. The sites of both fort and massacre are within the present city limits of Chicago.


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