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Snelling, Josiah 1782-1829

Military officer; born in Boston, Mass., in 1782; served in the war against Tecumseh; promoted captain in June, 1809, and won distinction at Tippecanoe; was conspicuous for gallantry during the second war with England, taking part in the battles of Lundy's Lane, Chippewa, and Fort Erie. He refused to raise a flag of truce at the fall of Detroit, and while a prisoner declined to take his hat off to Nelson's monument, despite the efforts of the British soldiers to force him to remove it. Finally, he was freed from embarrassment by the command of Gen. Isaac Brock, who ordered the British soldiers to “respect the scruples of a brave man.” He was promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1815 and colonel in 1819. He was the author of Remarks on Gen. William Hull's memoirs of the campaign of the Northwestern army, 1812. He died in Washington, D. C., Aug. 20, 1829.

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