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The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from June 1812 to the spring of 1815, although the peace treaty ending the war was signed in Europe in December 1814. The main land fighting of the war occurred along the Canadian border, in the Chesapeake Bay region, and along the Gulf of Mexico; extensive action also took place at sea.
Wilson MadearisPrivate, 8th Regiment Wall's Virginia Militia
(James Wilson 6, Benjamine5)
Capt, Robert McQuistions Company, North Carolina
Private, 5th Reg't (Atkinson's) North Carolina Militia
(George Washington Davis Medearis 6, John 5)
Private, 1st Regiment, (Riddles) Ohio Militia
(son of Charles 5)
Benjamine MedearisThe Lynchburg Rifles
(son of Benjanine 5)
Nicholas B. Madera
Qtr Mst Sgt. in Col. Evans 2nd Regiment, Virginia Militia
Private, Capt. Christian Adrion's Company, Maryland Militia
Corporal, Virginia Militia
Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty Under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850 (Richmond, 1851) and: Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 (Richmond, 1852) which supplements Pay Rolls.
The Indian Wars began in 1540 in the present-day United States when the conquistadors clashed with Zuni warriors of the pueblo of Hawikuh in present day New Mexico. The wars did not end for three and one-half centuries later when U.S. cavalry troops nearly wiped out Big Foot's band of Sioux at Wounded Knee. This period of conflict were part of the continuing struggle for possession of North America. Indian Wars were a constant part of Colonial life. The British found the Indians to be allies during the revolution as did the Colonist. This also pitted Indians against Indians. The armies of the Colonial period as well as the Federal Armies during the Civil War period, fought against the Indians while worrying about the British, Spaniards and the Confederate Armies. In the South, Indian resistance collapsed after Gen. Andrew Jackson smashed the Creek Indians in 1814 at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, located in present-day Alabama.
(son of Thomas 7, John 6, Rice 5)
From the Compiled index to Soldiers who served in the Mexican War
The Mexican War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American troops along the southern border of Texas on Apr. 25, 1846. Fighting ended when U.S. Gen. Winfield SCOTT occupied Mexico City on Sept. 14, 1847; a few months later a peace treaty was signed (Feb. 2, 1848) at Guadalupe Hidalgo. In addition to recognizing the U.S. annexation of Texas, defeated Mexico ceded California and New Mexico (including all the present-day states of the Southwest) to the United States. (Grolliers Encyclopedia)
John L. Medaris
Pvt. Company C, 2nd Ohio Infantry
John died 27 Mar. 1848, at Pueblo Mexico.
(son of Malachi Medearis 7, Thomas 6, Charles 5)
Levi W. Medaris
Pvt. Company B, 1st Ohio Infantry
(son of Washington 6, Oliver 5)
15th US Infantry, Illinois
(son of Malachi 7, Thomas 6, Charles 5)
From the Compiled Index to Soldiers who served in the Spanish American War
The Spanish-American War (1898) marked the emergence of the United States as a great power and the advent of American overseas imperialism.
Combat lasted only 10 weeks, but it proved one-sided and decisive. In the Pacific, Commodore George DEWEY steamed swiftly from Hong Kong aboard his flagship Olympia, one of the modern steel cruisers of the "new navy" fashioned in the 1880s and '90s. Dewey's squadron slipped into Manila harbor and on May 1 destroyed the obsolete Spanish fleet lying at anchor. Reinforced by the army in June, Dewey besieged the Spanish garrison in Manila, capturing the city on August 13. In July--to support these combined operations--the U.S. Navy had seized Spanish Guam and previously unclaimed Wake Island, and Congress by joint resolution had annexed Hawaii.
In the Caribbean, Spanish ships under Adm. Pasqual Cervera sailed safely into the harbor of Santiago de Cuba. By the end of May, however, they were blockaded there by U.S. naval forces. U.S. troops under Gen. William R. SHAFTER landed in Cuba in late June and pressed toward Santiago. These ground forces included the regular army as well as special volunteer regiments, the most famous of which were the ROUGH RIDERS, led by Theodore ROOSEVELT and Leonard WOOD. The Americans were victorious at the battles of El Caney and San Juan Hill on July 1. Determined to maintain Spain's honor, Cervera made a dash for the open sea on July 3, although the imbalance between his outdated Spanish vessels and the modern American ships off Cuba was almost as great as the disparity between the fleets in the Philippines. The guns of the new battleships and cruisers commanded by Rear Admiral William T. SAMPSON and Commodore Winfield Scott SCHLEY sank most of the Spanish ships in less than 4 hours. Spain suffered 474 casualties to only 2 for the United States. On July 17, Santiago and Cuba's 24,000 Spanish troops surrendered. Madrid sued for peace 9 days later.
James F. Medearis
Captain Company C, 2nd Arkansas Infantry
(James Frank son of Wilson Frank Jr. 3, Wilson Frank 2, James Wilson 1)
Robert D. Medearis
regimental info unknown
(Robert Dudley son of Wilson Frank Jr. 3, Wilson Frank 2, James Wilson 1)
John W. Medaris
Pvt. Wagoner Company A, 2nd U.S. Volunteer Infantry
(John Wesley son of Wilson Frank 2, James Wilson 1)
Percy H. Medaris
Crpl. Company K, 3rd Ohio Infantry