Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Thousand Muskets Shipped, 1812


Lt. Hezekiah Johnson was listed as 1st Lieutenant in the 1st US Regiment of Infantry. He served as the quartermaster at Fort Fayette or Lafayette in Pittsburgh, which supplied all army posts and detachments west of the Alleghenies. He is probably best known in 1812 reenactor circles as the author of the "Fort Fayette Freight Book, a record of shipments sent via the Ohio River by keelboat.  He was promoted to Captain early in 1813, disbanded in June 1815 and reinstated as a quartermaster general in 1818. In 1821 he was disbanded again, and employed as a military storekeeper from 1821 until his death in 1837.