Showing posts with label Windmill Battle Aftermath. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windmill Battle Aftermath. Show all posts

Monday, September 16, 2019

Graves of Hanged Windmill Raiders

Most of the eleven Americans hanged in Kingston for their roles in the Battle of the Windmill were buried there. The British gave friends of Dorephus Abbey permission to ship his body to the Brookside Cemetery in Watertown, New York. The British denied Nils von Schoultz’s last wish that his body be shipped to Syracuse.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hunter & Patriot Prisoners Sent to Tasmania

With the end of repatriation of Hunter prisoners, transport to the penal colony dominated every remaining prisoner's thoughts through the long hot summer.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hunter Prisoners Sent Home, But Not All

Following the hanging of Lyman Leach in February of 1839, 146 prisoners, mostly Americans, continued to languish in Fort Henry, Kingston. Officially, 123 faced the death sentence. As the cold grip of a Canadian winter began to thaw that spring, so did the chilly attitude of the Upper Canada government.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lyman Leach: A Raider and Rebel Hangs

After the executions of four Hunter raiders in Kingston on January 4, 1839, weeks passed without additional hangings. The remaining 150 prisoners in Fort Henry, who'd seen their comrades taken away to die every week or two, began to believe that the hangings had ceased. The Upper Canada public was tiring of the brutal executions. The time was right to show some mercy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hanging of Hunter Raiders Continues

Throughout December, 1838, the Upper Canada solicitor-general, Lt.-Colonel William Draper, 37, kept up the relentless pace of his show trials in Kingston. In concert, Lt.-Governor Sir George Arthur, 54, confirmed the execution orders that kept the town’s hangmen busy.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hunter Prisoners Endure Legal Meat Grinder

Following the single trials of the first three Hunter officers—Nils von Schoultz, Daniel George, and Dorrephus Abbey—the Upper Canada court-martial machine shifted into high gear. The colony’s solicitor-general, Lt.-Colonel William Draper, began trying the windmill prisoners in batches.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

John A. Macdonald: 1. Defends Three Hunters

Following the bloody Battle of the Windmill, the Canadian colonial public wanted blood in return, and the Upper Canada government eagerly gave it to them. Just four days after the smoke cleared, Lt-Governor Sir George Arthur, 54, laid the groundwork for a series of trials in Kingston. The colony’s solicitor-general, Lt.-Colonel William Draper, 37, took charge as Judge-Advocate with a goal to try all prisoners before the end of December. So certain was Draper of guilty sentences, he allowed almost no time for prisoners to prepare.