Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
Major General / Major-Général Robert Ross 1766-1814
Major General Ross sailed to North America in the summer of 1814 from the Peninsular War against France to command the British army on the east coast of the United States, opening a second front to relieve the pressure on the Niagara Peninsula. He personally lead the British troops ashore and marched through Maryland to attack the Americans at Bladensberg on August 24, 1814. From Bladensberg Ross captured Washington D.C. and burned the public buildings of the city, including the White House, in retaliation for the destructive American raids into Canada, most notably the burning of York (Toronto). From Washington Ross marched on Baltimore and was killed approaching that city by a sniper’s bullet on September 12, 1814. His body was brought to Halifax where it was buried with full military honours.
The body of the gallant and much lamented Major General Ross was interred in St. Paul’s Church yard on Thursday last. The Corpse left the Flagship precisely at 3 o’clock under a discharge of half-minute guns and arrived at the King’s Wharf where it was received by the Grenadier Company of the 64th Regiment and followed to the grave by all the principal Naval and Military officies and a large number of inhabitants.” - Acadian Recorder, October 1, 1814
L’été 1814, après
«Le corps du galant et très regretté Major-Général Ross fut enterró au cimetière Saint-Paul jeudi dernier. Le dépouille quitta le navire étendard à 3 heures exactement, sous le salute des cannons tirés à intervalles d’une demi-minute, et arriva du Quai Kings où elle fut reçue par la Compagnie des grenadiers du 64ᵉ Régiment, et de là elle fut suivie jusqu’à la tombe par tous les principaux officiers de la Marine et de l’Armée et un grand nombre d’habitants». - Acadian Recorder, le 1er
(Inscription on the tomb of Major General Robert Ross)
To your right at 15 paces is the grave of … / À 15 pas a votre droite se trouver la tombe du…
Sergeant / Sergent Richard Smith • 1790-1819
Colour Sergeant, 104th Regiment of Foot (New Brunswick) / Sergent Couleur, 104ᵉ Régiment de Fantassins (Nouveau Brunswick)
(Inscription on the gravestone of Sergeant Richard Smith)
Richard Smith was discharged in 1815. He returned to New Brunswick to begin a new life in Buctouche. He was in Halifax in 1819 when he died, age 29.
In recognition of his service, he was buried in the military section of the Burying Grounds not far from the grave of another hero, Major-General Robert Ross.
Richard Smith symbolizes the ‘other ranks’ - enlisted men who were called from the Maritime Provinces, endured the 1813 winter march from Fredericton
Richard Smith fut réformé en 1815. Il rentra au Nouveau Brunswick pour commencer un nouvelle vie à Bouctouche. Il est mort à Halifax en 1819 âgé de 29 ans.
En reconnaissance de son service, il fut enterré dans la section militaire du View cimetière non loin de la tombe d’un autre héros, le Major-Général Robert Ross.
Richard Smith symbolise les autres rangs, les hommes (enlisais,?) dans le provinces Maritimes qui ont enduré la marche du Fredericton à Kingston pendant l’hiver 1813 et qui sont battus avec d’énormes sacrifices tout au long de la Campagne du Niagara.
Erected by Old Burying Ground Foundation.
Location. 44° 38.594′ N, 63° 34.369′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from Barrington Street just from Spring Garden Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1480 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carved in Stone (a few steps from this marker); Mr. John Samwell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Welsford Parker Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Why Aren’t We Americans? • Pourquoi ne sommes-nous pas des Américains? (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierre Maillard (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
More about this marker. The tomb of Major General Robert Ross is in the Old Burying Ground cemetery.
Also see . . . Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 - U.S, Capital History Society. A letter received by Admiral Cockburn–whose flotilla was working its way up the Potomac River–from the Governor General of Upper Canada, Sir George Prevost, detailed recent American actions including the burning of several settlements along the frontier, prompting Ross and Cockburn to take action against American government property in retaliation for the burning of their own capital. (Submitted on October 11, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War of 1812 •
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