The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lieutenant-Colonel Appling.
Niles Weekly Register, 1814, page 30

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Lieutenant-Colonel Appling.
From the Georgia Argus

AMONG the many heroic souls who have conspicuously distinguished themselves during the present just and holy contest, lieutenant-colonel Appling, from this state, deserves to be particularly noticed. his conduct has been marked by a daring bravery and consummate skill that demands our warmest approbation.

Twice has it been the good fortune of young Appling to come in contact with the enemy, and twice has he proved victorious. 'Twas near Sandy Creek, where our young soldier first "flesh'd his maiden sword," and emblazoned the escutcheons of fame with the splendid deed. he had been ordered to co-operate with captain Woolsey, of the navy, in escorting some naval stores from Oswego, destined for the fleet at Sackett's Harbour. At the head of 120 men and a few Indians, he safely reached Sandy Creek, where he was met by a vastly superior force of the enemy; the conflict was short, but decisive. After an action of only ten minutes, the enemy were routed on all sides, with the loss of 44 men killed and wounded, and 139 prisoners; among the latter were 2 post captains and 4 lieutenants of the navy - the loss on our part was only one rifleman wounded! For this brilliant affair, Appling was promoted to lieutenant-colonel.

Shortly after, the enemy's forces on our northern frontier were rapidly augmenting. The governor-general of the Canadas having collected all the disposal force in Lower Canada, amounting to 15,000 men, "occupied the village of Champlain, with a view of conquering the country as far as Crown Point and Ticonderoga." He advanced as far as Plattsburg, with this comparatively immense force, where he had the mortification of seeing the Champlain fleet surrender to the brave Macdonough and Wellington's veteran legions flying before the valor of 1500 American regulars and a handful of raw militia!!

Here again was Appling, with "blushing honors" crowding thick around him - he attracted attention of his general, and, first on the list of youthful heroes, he was recommended "to the particular attention of government."

While other states are bestowing honorary rewards on their valiant sons, Georgia should not withhold her need of special approbation. We should foster the holy flame of patriotism with a peculiar regard - until the divine contagion spreads from breast to breast - and more forcibly emulates our sons to deeds of noble daring.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Appling.