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Flowers left for Zebulon Pike
Zebulon Montgomery Pike:You were a heroic figure in the American military, You were an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. As a United States Army captain in 18061807, you led the Pike Expedition to explore and document the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase and to find the headwaters of the Red River, during which you recorded the discovery of what later was called Pikes Peak. Captured by the Spanish while wandering in present-day Colorado after your party got confused in its travels, You and your men were taken to Chihuahua, present-day Mexico and questioned by the governor. They were released later in 1807 at the border of Louisiana. In 1810, you published an account of his expeditions, a book so popular that it was translated into French, German and Dutch for publication in Europe. You later achieved the rank of brigadier general in the Army, serving during the War of 1812. You were killed during the Battle of York, which the United States won. Pike was promoted to brigadier general in 1813. Along with General Jacob Brown, you departed from the newly fortified rural military outpost of Sackets Harbor, on the New York shore of Lake Ontario, for your last military campaign. On this expedition, you commanded combat troops in the successful attack on York, (now Toronto) on April 27, 1813. You were killed by flying rocks and other debris when the withdrawing British garrison blew up its ammunition magazine while your troops approached Fort York. Your body was brought by ship back to Sackets Harbor, where your remains were buried at the military cemetery. thank you for being a brave explorer, remembering you after 200 years, may you rest in peace!
 Added: Apr. 27, 2013

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