War of 1812
MUSTER ROLL OF THE BRIG "GENERAL ARMSTRONG," 1814
Copied From the Original in the Departments of State.
Contributed by Miss Isabel Smith of the Library. Navy Department
Source: The National Genealogical Society Quarterly April 1915 Vol. VI No 1
Transcribed by a Friend of Free Genealogy
The Privateer Brig General Armstrong
Captain S.C. Reid, Commander
Which fought a most thrilling battle in the harbor of Fayal
Her crew consisted of 90 men, including officers. She was commanded by Samuel Chester Reid. Captain Reid and his officers and his men received the thanks of Congress for the intrepid valor in thus gloriously maintaining the honor of the American flag. In addition, Congress voted him a gold sword.
Captain Reid was not only known as the valorous commander of the Armstrong, but he designed the present form of the United States flag as adopted by Congress in 1818 and which was first hoisted on the Capitol on April 13, of that year.
The battle of the Armstrong, or as it has been characterized "The Thermopylae of the Ocean" was fought at Fayal, one of the Azores or Western Islands belonging to Portugal.
Captain Reid reached Fayal at noon on the 26th day of September, and ran into the bay of the town of Da Horta. Captain Reid had gone ashore to make arrangements with the American Consul Mr. John B. Dabney, for fresh supplies and water. About sundown the British Brig of War Carnation have in sight followed by the frigate Rosa and ship of the line Plantagenet. The squadron was on its way to join Cochran's fleet at Jamaica. That evening a desperate battle ensued, resulting in a victory for the Americans, they having defeated an overwhelming force.
The Long Tom, the gun that did such wonderful work on the Armstrong, was presented to the United States by the Portuguese Government and arrived in New York on the ship Vega on April 18, 1893, and was sent to the Chicago Exhibition. It is now in the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Samuel C. Reid.
Frederick A. Worth
Alex. O. Williams
Robert E. Allyn
William H. Watson
John T. Brown
Levi L. Ring
John C. Bowne
Peter De Joy
I, the undersigned, hereby certify and declare that the foregoing Muster Roll was made out and written under my inspection by Robert E. Allyn, Captain's Clerk and Captain of Marines on board the Brig, General Armstrong; and that it is a full and correct list of the names of all persons who were on board the said Brig at the time she sailed from New York last, which was on the 9th of September, 1814. Affirmed before me this
9th day of Sept., 1840.
Com'r of Deeds.
New York, September 9, 1840.
Sam'l C. Reid.