BENJAMIN SCHILLER #95140 baptisé(e): JEAN BENJAMIN n. 06 NOV 1785, LOUISEVILLE,,MASKINONGE,QUE CAN,
married (1) 02 FEV 1808, à LOUISEVILLE,ST-ANTOIN,MASKINONGE,QUE CAN, SOPHIE CH CRAIG MORRIS #95144, (fille de JEAN JACQUES CRAIG #95210 et MARIE FRANCOISELEPROUX #95211)
married (2) 11 JAN 1819, à LOUISEVILLE,ST-ANTOIN,MASKINONGE,QUE CAN, MARIE LAMONTAGNE #95145, (fille de FRANCOIS LAMONTAGNE #95198 et MADELEINE FRANCHERE #95199).
Enfant(s) de MARIE LAMONTAGNE:
JULIE FELICITE SCHILLER #95269 m. 19 DÉC 1861, à MONTREAL,N-D,MONTREAL,QUE CAN, MICHEL PATRICE GUY #95270, (fils de ETIENNE GUY #95271 et CATHERINE VALLEE #95272).
NAPOLEON SCHILLER #95230.
CHARLOTTE SCHILLER #95266 m. 13 JAN 1870, à MONTREAL,N-D,MONTREAL,QUE CAN, GASPARD TIMOTHEE PELTIER #95267.
...Posted Paul A Plante
"Also, are you aware that Albert's brother Benjamin (Jr.) was also a soldier and fought with great distinction in the War of 1812 at the battle of Chateauguay. There is an account of his bravery in the book, "Charles de Salaberry, Soldier of the Empire, Defender of Quebec" by J. Patrick Wohler, Dundurn Press, Toronto and Charlottetown, 1984. Pages 88-90."
Lieutenant-Colonel de Salaberrt who made Benjamin Jr a Captain at the Battle of Chateauguay.
....With outstanding courage, Daly led the two companies in a rush close to the American line. There they stopped, dropped to one knee and delivered a volley. The counter volley by the Americans was too high but it did hit Captain Daly who was standing to direct his men's fire. Despite the wound, Daly ordered a bayonet charge and led his men to the line where he fell with a second wound. Almost simultaneously Captain Bruyere was wounded. The command of the two companies now fell to Daly's Lieutenant, Benjamin Schiller.
But the Americans counterattacked, and Schiller ordered his men to retire. He himself picked up the wounded Daly and carried him to prevent his capture. An American officer rushed Schiller to try and capture both him and Daly, but Schiller was an aggressive soldier too. Placing Daly on the ground, he drew his sabre and ran forward to meet the American in a duel which ended abruptly when he decapitated his opponent. Stopping only to pick up Daly, he slowly led the withdrawal to the river bank.
The dense woods prevented the Americans from inflicting serious casualties; but they knew that Schiller would soon be stopped by the river, so they gathered for a final charge. Breaking clear of the trees at the bank, they were shocked to find themselves looking straight into the Canadian position across the river where de Salaberry, in plain view atop his stump, was calmly watching them through his telescope.
Speed was now critical to Purdy. He had to capture Schiller before de Salaberry could divert troops from his front line to cover this flank. Massing his men, he closed in on Schiller.
Schiller waited until the last possible minute before giving the order that his men should fall flat on their faces. At the same instant, Longuetin's and Duchesnay's companies, who had been completely concealed in the reeds and bushes across the river, opened a murderous fire into Purdy's ranks. As the Americans tried to return fire; Schiller moved his men downriver and attacked their flank. Caught in the crossfire, the American infantry broke and rushed for cover in the woods, leaving their casualties where they fell. Some of them tried to escape by swimming across the river to their other lines, but a few militiamen went in after them and hauled them ashore as prisoners.2 It was now about 2:30 p.m. and half the American army, under Purdy, was effectively out of action for at least a few hours, and Lieutenant Schiller had won his Captaincy on the field.
De Salaberry expected Purdy to fall back up the river, cross over, and join Izard's column for a more determined assault on the abbatis. He was not surprised, then, when Izard, on Hampton's orders, slowly pulled his own men back, formed them into marching columns, and withdrew a few kilometres. They would likely return stronger than before. De Salaberry sent forward some Indian piquets, then took advantage of the lull to repair the damages of battle, pull back the men in relays for rest and food and generally keep their spirits up.
Schiller was ordered back to the ford where he was able to send on his wounded to the field hospital set up by two army surgeons further downstream in the Morrison farm house. In view of the action they had just been through, their losses were incredibly light. Captains Daly and Bruyere were wounded, and Daly had sustained only two killed, six wounded, and four missing.
"Yes. I was at the War Museum in Ottawa this morning and found an interesting section on the Chateauguay Battle of Oct 26, 1813. I bought a book that I am now reading. It is by Victor Suthren, published in 1986 by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Benjamin's bravery is detailed on p. 12-13. I also found a book in French by Benjamin Sulte called La Bataille de Châteaugay and published in Quebec by Renault Editeur in 1899. Details of Benjamin's bravery is found on p. 59.
I found some info on Benjamin Jr in G Malchelosse's article Schiller in Écho de Saint-Justin, 1934.10.18, p. 5. He died in Montreal on April 25, 1887. Two sons are mentioned: Charles-Edouard (b 1819.10.17), greffier in Montreal, and Joseph who became a MD and practiced in Chambly. These sons he had with his second wife Marie Lamontagne whom he married in 1818.
I also found in Malchelosse that Dr Augustus J. Benjamin became Seigneur of Rivière-David Seignory (also called Deguire Seignory) on June 19, 1805. Contract was prepared by Notary Joseph Cadet. I will have a copy of the contract by next week. But he lost it cause he did not have enough money to make all payments."
The 1666 Census of Montreal Brief History of Montreal Historic Dates for Quebec/Montreal BENJAMIN SCHEILLER 1757-1835 Posted by Paul A. Plante, 3/31/2000
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