Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lt. Colonel Benjamin Forsyth

an excellent site about the war of 1812 and the Forsyth Rifles
Benjamin Forsyth was an American officer of Rifle troops in the War of 1812 between Britain and America.
Originally from Stokes County, North Carolina, he obtained a lieutenancy in the U.S. 1st Rifle Regiment when it was formed in 1808. By the time the War broke out, he had risen to the rank of Captain and commanded a company.
Based at Ogdensburg, New York during the autumn and winter of 1812, he led the successful Raid on Gananoque and other attacks across the Saint Lawrence River, which threatened the British supply lines to their forces in Upper Canada. In February 1813, the British used a temporary superiority in strength to drive Forsyth from his positions at the Battle of Ogdensburg.
Forsyth's company was ordered to join the main American force at Sackett's Harbor rather than reoccupy Ogdensburg. They led the American assault at the Battle of York, and played a major part at the Battle of Fort George.
Later in the year, Forsyth (now a major) and his men took part in the campaign aimed at capturing Montreal, but were not present at the Battle of Crysler's Farm. Forsyth was promoted to brevet Lieutenant Colonel the following winter. He was active in skirmishing and patrolling north of Lake Champlain in the late spring and summer and was killed in June in a clash at Odelltown.
His death made him a hero to the people of North Carolina. Because of this, North Carolinians named a county after him; Forsyth County. In addition, the state General Assembly paid for his son's education through special legislation and gave him a jewelled sword. Forsyth Street in Manhattan, New York City is also named for him.


Martha Kelen said...

Am interested in his father as well, Robert who was killed in civil war? I am a descendant of the Forsyths.

Anonymous said...

I have written a book about Colonel Forsyth. You can see more at the or you can call me at 660-234-4300

David Butters

Anonymous said...

Is your book available in print format? Col. Benjamin Forsyth was my 4th great grandfather.