George Ronan

Vol. I p100 69

(Born N. Y.) (Ap’d N. Y.)

Military History Cadet of the Military Academy, June 15, 1808, to Mar. 1, 1811, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Ensign, 1st Infantry, Mar. 1, 1811.

Served: on the Northwestern Frontier, 1811-1812; and in the War of 1812-1815 with Great Britain, being engaged in Captain Heald’s desperate engagement near Ft. Chicago, Ill., Aug. 15, 1812, with a vastly superior force of savages, two of whom he slew in a hand-to-hand fight, but, while upon his knees as he had fallen faint from his bleeding wounds, still wielding his sword, he was himself killed, in the Combat, Aug. 15, 1812: Aged 28.

See Fort Dearborn Massacre

“I pointed to Ensign Ronan, who, though
mortally wounded and nearly down, was still
fighting with desperation on one knee. 1

” Look at that man! said I. At least
he dies like a soldier.

The exact spot of this encounter was about where 2ist
Street crosses Indiana Avenue.

From section 56

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