|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1787|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1848|
New York, USA
Married to the former Sarah (also known as Sally) E. Downer on January 22, 1814 in Ridgeway, N.Y.
Service performed by Israel Douglass, Justice of the Peace, from Hartland, Orleans County, N.Y.
Veteran of the War of 1812
According to U.S. Army records:
05 SEP 1814 mustered into CPT. Aretas Haskell's N.Y. Volunteer Militia at the rank of Private.
The Siege and Battle of Fort Erie:
On 17 SEP 1814 U.S. troops under the command of MAJ.GEN. Jacob Brown launched a full scale attack against British LT.GEN. Sir Gordon Drummond. Two of his batteries were destroyed and an estimated 600 British troops were killed. Foul weather and overwhelming U.S. troop strength forced the British to fall back and make their way to Fort George. After a short occupation, U.S. MAJ.GEN. George Izard ordered the removal of artillery and mines to be placed. U.S. troops abandoned Fort Erie, set off the mines and burned the buildings. This was considered by some to be an Act of Cowardice. The British, having eventually returned and surveyed the damage, decided not to rebuild the fort and abandoned it completely in 1823. Fort Erie was not rebuilt until the 1930's.
Wounded: While engaged in action against an enemy force on 17 SEP 1814 at the Battle of Fort Erie, PVT. Bacon was shot. Taken prisoner (POW) by British forces and sent to Montreal, Quebec with only the clothes he was wearing in September to keep him warm through the winter.
Carving was an activity he had practiced while held prisoner. A figure he had carved from horse bone, after he had eaten the meat to survive, is on display in the DAR house in Albion.
Exchanged/Paroled: On or about 01 APR 1815 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was then sent to hospital in New London, C.T. for medical aid. While a prisoner, he suffered from wounds of battle and "...diseases of the chest."
Honorably Discharged: 20 AUG 1815
"...is three fourths disabled...after serving 349 days."
27 AUG 1816: Sworn affidavits were provided by CPT. Haskell, Dr. J. Beech of Batavia and others either having served in the same militia, or known personally to Moses, confirming his marriage, service in the army, wounds received and imprisonment by the British.
Per physicians responding to pension application:
"...he received a musket ball in the back part of his neck entering on the left side of the neck nearly opposite to the third cervical vertebra and coming out nearly opposite the lower edge of the occiptis (sic) on the right side."
"...not only incapacitated for military duty, but in the opinion of the undersigned, is three fourths excisable from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor."
Dr. John Coats Jr., M.D.
Dr. George Anderson, M.D.
Batavia, Genesee County, N.Y.
13 DEC 1817
Dairy Farmer, Landowner
Town of Gaines, NY
Established Bacon Homestead Farms in 1809.
June 28, 1848
E. 61y's 2mo. &
New York, USA
Plot: Bacon Family
Created by: Mike & Laura Schreiner
Record added: May 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110791456