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2 Regiment, Ballowe's, Virginia Militia

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Re: 2 Regiment, Ballowe's, Virginia Militia

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Virginia Militia in the War of 1812
By Sharol Fletcher ©

Fauquier county in the war

Brigade: 5
Division: 2

Regimental Command: 44
Lt. Col. Thomas Chilton - May 13, 1799
Maj. Samuel Ashley - July 6, 1807
Maj. John Edmunds - November 11, 1809

Regimental Command: 85
Lt. Col. Thornton Buckner - April 14, 1807
Maj. John Gillison - April 14, 1807
Maj. John Kemper - November 17, 1809


Capt. John Ashby (44th)
September 20-October 31, 1816 (Major Kemper's command)
Capt. Nimrod Ashby (44th)
March 31-July 17, 1813
At Hampton
July 17- October 11, 1813 (Major Crutchfield's Battalion)
Capt. Thomas Brooks (85th)
July 1, 1814-February 9, 18151 (2nd V.M. - Ballowe)
Rendezvoused at Elk Run Church
Known men enlisted in this company: George Fletcher, John Fletcher, John Fletcher, Raleigh Fletcher, Townsend Fletcher, Joseph Monter, William Robertson, William Robins, John H. Robinson.

Capt. Seth Comb (85th)
July 30-September 19, 1814
Attached to the 41st Regiment (Richmond County) on campaign to Alexandria
Capt. Edward Digges (85th)
August 1-September 2, 1814
Attached to the 41st Regiment (Richmond County) on campaign to Alexandria
September 19-October 31/November 3, 1814 (Major Kemper's command)
Capt. William Dulin (85th)
August 23-November 24th, 1814
Attached to the 38th Regiment (Prince William) at Ellicott's Mills, Maryland
Capt. Nathaniel Grigsby Troop of Cavalry
August 22-September 14, 1814
Probably at Ellicott's Mills, Maryland
Lt. Eppa Hunton Troop of Cavalry
August 25-September 26 1814
At Washington, D.C.
December 13, 1813-January 14, 1814 (Major Hunton's command)
Capt. Enoch Jeffries (44th)
March 6-May 5, 1813 (1st V.M. - Clarke)
May 6-October 12, 1813 (3th V.M. - Beatty)
At Lambert's Point
Capt. Thomas O. Jennings (85th)
March 20-October 11, 1813 (Major Crutchfield's Battalion)
Capt. George Love
July 31-November 30, 1814 (2nd V.M. -Ballowe)
Capt. William O'Bannon
August 24-November 24, 1814
At Ellicott's Mills, attached to the 36th Regiment (Prince William)
Capt. James Payne (44th)
August 1-September 19, 1814
Attached to the 41st Regiment (Richmond County). Marched from Fauquier County to Fredericksburg, thence to Alexandria.
Capt. William R. Smith Troop of Cavalry
December 31, 1813-April 17, 1814 (Major Hunton's command)

Townsend Fletcher in the war

Townsend was 23 years 7 months 12 days old and living in Salem, Fauquier, Virginia when he volunteered to serve in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812. He mustered in on July 30, 1814, at Elk Run Church ("Settlers began moving into this region of Fauquier County in the early 1700s. By the 1740s, a wooden church structure served Anglican communicants in Elk Run. It provided pastoral care as well as secular administration for this active frontier community. The first permanent minister, the Reverend James Keith, grandfather of Chief Justice John Marshall, served this church from the 1740s until his death in 1752. A brick cruciform structure replaced the first church by the late 1750s. After the Revolutionary War and disestablishment, many churches were abandoned. By 1811 the Elk Run Church had fallen into disuse and ruin" (Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 2000) in Fauquier County. For the next six months and ten days he would serve as a private in the company of Capt. Thomas Brooks.
To fill quotas required by Federal troop commanders the Adjutant General reassigned Capt. Thomas Brooks' company to the 2nd Virginia Regiment under the command of Lt. Col. Thomas Ballowe from Buckingham county. The 2nd Regiment was assigned to Camp Holly in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia. Notes indicate that Capt. Thomas Brooks' company also camped at Camp Porterfield.
On April 6, 1814, Napoleon abdicates. On April 10-12, 1814 the British take Toulouse. The end of the Napoleonic Wars allowed the British to direct ships to North America to strengthen their fleet and on May 30, 1814, the British infantry marched to Bordeaux to set sail for North America.
Governor Barbour ordered the establishment of more camps in the Richmond area and a series of rendezvous and training camps began on April 3, 1813. The first of these camps was Camp Malvern Hills as an observation and defensive position near the bluffs of the James River. It was established by Major William Armistead of the Charles City militia.
Camp Holly, AKA Camp Holly Springs, was established by Colonel John H. Cocke in the Spring of 1813. It was situated northwest of Malvern Hills, near the junction of Newmarket Road and Long Branch Road. It became one of the major training camps for militia units from the western counties and was occupied almost continuously throughout the war.
The location of Camp Porterfield is unknown. On July 25, 1814, Governor Barbour directed that General Porterfield organize the militia for the defense of the capital and Petersburg. He was to take charge of the area between the York and James Rivers and established Camp Porterfield.
At this time we are not sure what Capt. Thomas Brooks' company did for the six months they were camped at Camp Holly Springs and Camp Porterfield but according to Butler, "Many militia troops assigned to the Richmond camps in the Summer of 1814 simply rendezvoused there and returned to their respective homes after the danger of a possible British advance up the James River ceased to exist. Some of the newly organized brigades at the Richmond camps, such as the 2nd and 3rd (Generals Leftwich and Breckenridge), were reassigned northward when the British began to threaten Washington and Baltimore. These units arrived at these points too late to be or any consequence in those campaigns. They remained in Maryland, mostly camped at Camp Crossroads, near Ellicott's Mills, until early December when they were finally discharged" (p. 22-23).
Although Townsend was not present at the Battle of Baltimore/Seige of Fort McHenry on September 13-14, 1814 when British mortars and rockets inspired Francis Scott Key to write his famous poem which was to become our national anthem, "Star Spangled Banner," he was on active duty only 128 miles away.
On February 9, 1815, the day after news of peace arrived in North America Townsend Fletcher was discharged from the Virginia militia. Militia payroll records read Townsend received a total of $51.08 for 6 months and 10 days of service in the Virginia militia. He also received an additional $1.59 travel money for the 120 mile return trip from Camp Holly Springs to his home in Salem, Fauquier, VA.3 Townsend also received a Federal Land Bounty for his service in the War of 1812 which he used about 1844 to acquire farm land property in Bureau County, Illinois. (In 1815, travel money was 13.25 cents per mile. How much does your company reimburse you for travel in your vehicle?)

List of Companies under the command of Lt. Col. Thomas Ballowe

2nd Virginia Regiment command of Lt. Col. Thomas Ballowe (Buckingham)
Located at Camp Holly Springs and Camp Porterfield from August 1814-February 1815.

Company and date assigned to Lt. Col. Thomas Ballowe
Capt. Samuel G. Adams (Richmond City)
August 1, 1814 - February 18, 1815
Capt. Thomas Brooks (Fauquier)
July 1, 1814 - February 9, 1815
Rendezvoused at Elk Run Church
Capt. Robert Erwin Riflemem (Rockingham)
July 1, 1814 - February 6, 1815
Capt. Samuel Jones (Richmond City)
August 1, 1814 - February 18, 1815
Capt. Samuel Leake (Albemarie)
July 27, 1814 - February 4, 1815
Capt. George Love (Fauquier)
July 31, 1814 - November 30. 1814
Capt. John Morgan Artillery (Buckingham)
August 1, 1814 - February 4, 1815
Capt. Andrew Stevenson Artillery (Richmond City)
August 19, 1814 - February 6, 1815
Capt. John Thorn (Culpeper)
August 1, 1814 - February 11, 1815
Capt. Hugh Young/Capt. Edward Laurence (Augusta)
July 27, 1814 - February 4, 1815
(Some of the above companies had additional enlistment dates and assignments while under command of their respective county Brigade and Division.)

The information about Virginia in the War of 1812 is almost exclusively from:

Butler, Stuart Lee (1988). "A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812." Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company.
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