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Attention deserters from the 25th Regiment U.S. Infantry During the War of 1812, Chauncey Hosford (1784-1855) enlisted as a first lieutenant in Capt. Elizur Warner's Company of the United States Infantry Thirty-seventh Regiment on April 30, 1813. His prior military service included a commission as ensign in the Third Company of the Fourteenth Regiment of Connecticut Militia as of April 28, 1810. The Thirty-seventh Regiment was stationed at Fort Griswold in New London.

Hosford was assigned to the recruiting service and spent much of the time in his home town of Canaan in Litchfield County recruiting men from the area. Most of this collection of 101 items reflects his recruiting activities. Included is correspondence, orders, weekly recruiting returns that list the names and towns of recruits, and receipts for recruiting expenses. Also included is a muster roll for Capt. Elizur Warner's Company.

Hosford was born on September 19, 1784 in Canaan to Jeremiah Hosford, Jr. and his wife Hannah. He was known to have attended Morris Academy in South Farms (Litchfield) from 1804 to 1807. He married Mary Curtis on November 19, 1806. They had four sons: Julius (1807-1887), Hiram (1809-1812), Orville (1810-1840), and Samuel (1819-1875). Hosford served as a Representative to the General Assembly in 1837 and 1838; as a Commissioner of turnpike roads, bridges, ferries in 1832; and at various time in local offices of Justice of the Peace, Sheriff for Litchfield County, Deputy Sheriff, and Assessor. He died on October 19, 1855.

The Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 Papers was donated to the Connecticut State Library by David A. Gibbs and researched by Rosemary Pereira in 2012 and is part of the David Arthur Gibbs Collection of Hosford and Gibbs Family Papers. David A. Gibbs is the great-great-great-grandson of Chauncey Hosford.

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