scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Veterans
Donald R Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU
Tue Nov 09 1999 - 11:07:20 CST
While we have no real evidence of participation in the Revolution
of 1776 - since our ancesters were Appointed by King George to
a "position" in the Carolinas pre 1776 . . .
However George Izard - named for the KING - was later a Graduate
of West Point, and an Engineer. He built fortifications at
Sacketts Harbor NY - which remain UN-breeched until today!
Since Sacketts Harbor was secure - he was called with his
forces to help re-inforce Buffalo NY - but do the weather
(early lake effect) he was delayed - and Buffalo was burned
before he arrived. He mounted a counter attack - across the river
and over ran Ft Erie (now Ontario) and "pushed the enemy forces
back north into the hositile wastelands" - just north of the
area known today as - Niagara Falls - near Niagara on the lake.
After the war - he was appointed a Territorial Gov of Arkanasas,
(where Izard county now remains in his honor)
One of his sons - also a West Point Grad however - was not so
fortunate - in a later years, LT Mark Izard was the FIRST
casualty in a battle that resulted in the Seminole wars
in Florida. A historic dig is now in progress to locate
and restore the site Known as Fort Izard in Florida.
We also know of a Naval Leutenant Izard - but not much esle
in detail, but that his efforts in the Spanish American war
resulted in the Naming of a Fletcher class Naval ship
being named the USS IZARD.
And finnaly the story of two brothers from Mississippi,
who found themselves sick and starving at the siege of
Vicksburgh. (Civil War) One of the brothers Died of wounds
and/or illness and the soul surviving brother was sent home.
From that brother - my family has decended, and my father
and older brother and I have all served in the armed services.
(2 army and 1 air force) And I - like General George I. also
was comissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers!
My family also participated a few years back,when remains
of 1812 US soldiers were uncovered during renovations near
the former hospital at Ft Erie - Ontario - Canada. Those
remains could have been from soldiers under the command
of General George Izard. They now rest with HONOR at the
US National Cemetary near Bath NY. (former site of a
large but not well know - Civil war prison camp!!!)
Scouter Don Izard
also a proud Veteran 1971-1974