War of 1812 soldier at DAR meeting
The Isaac Van Wart Chapter DAR met at the Van Wert Hospital for the December meeting. Speaker for the evening was Richard Rozevink from the Defiance.
Dressed in military dress and uniform, his character, private William Brooks Northcutt, talked of his experiences as recorded in a personal diary. The life and times of Private Northcutt included service during the War of 1812 in this area. He was in the first wave of Kentucky militia to respond. Only 19 years of age and the oldest of five children, he joined the Bourbon Blues, a unit of the Light Dragoons (mounted riflemen) and traveled the “Campaign Trails” of the (then) Northwest after leaving home.
Northcutt traveled by horse with a saber and musket and pistols on the saddle. His travels went from Kentucky to the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan line, and included stops at several forts, including Fort Wayne. William Henry Harrison was one of the several commanders he served with.
The next meeting of the Chapter will be February 5 at the Brumback Library for the Good Citizens awards program.