Sergeant Charles McLauchlan

Born: Circa 1792 in Scotland
Died: After 1864 in New Brunswick

I am Sergeant Charles McLauchlan. I joined New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot as a Private in 1811. I was promoted to Corporal on 11 September 1812 and then later promoted to Sergeant. I served in the Light Company (the smallest and fastest men of the regiment) and marched with them from Fredericton to Kingston, Upper Canada (Ontario) in the winter of 1813. When we started to march, we thought we were going as far as Quebec City and I was so happy to arrive there and be done with the march. When we arrived, they told us we could have a short rest and then continue to Kingston. I could not believe we were in for more marching. As a member of this elite Company, I fought in all of the major battles of the War in 1813 and 1814. This included Sackets Harbour (29 May 1813), Beech Woods (or Beaver Dams, 24 June 1813), Lundy’s Lane (25 July 1814) and Fort Erie (15 August 1814). I was discharged by the army on 24 May 1817 when my regiment was disbanded (the army closed down the regiment because the war was over and they no longer needed as many soldiers). I returned to New Brunswick and received a land grant in the Military Settlement that was formed between the Presqu’Ile Military Post near Florenceville-Bristol and Fort Carleton at Grand Falls. I became a farmer but I was also in the militia (reserves) and became an officer. During the Aroostook War of 1839, I commanded a company of the 2nd Battalion, Carleton County militia that was stationed at Tobique (Perth-Andover) and the mouth of the Aroostook River. We were supporting a company of the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot and our task was to stop any invasion by the militia coming from the U.S. state of Maine. Fortunately the Americans did not attack and the crisis ended peacefully. I returned to a peaceful life of farming and family.

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