1. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund
Could this be a misreading of Sise or Siers?
2. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund
Could this be a misreading of Siers?
3. Edward W. Spangler. 1896. The Annals of the
Families of Caspar, Henry, Baltzer and George Spengler. The York
Daily Publishing Co., York, PA (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).
Col. Michael H. Spangler and His Company of
York Troops at the Battle of North
From Glossbrenner's History.
"In 1814, when the city of Baltimore was endangered by the approach
of the British, York county was prompt in coming forward to the aid of
the Baltimoreans. A number of companies in various parts of the county
were immediately ready to march to the city, prepared to confront the proud
invader, and, if necessary, to lay down their lives in the effort to check
"Although, of the companies raised here for the purpose of defending
Baltimore, but one reached the city in time to share the danger and glory
of an actual engagement with the enemy--yet, the fact that they marched
to the point of invasion as early as circumstances permitted, will shield
all of them who did not arrive in time, from any imputation of indifference
to the fate of Baltimore. When they did leave their homes, they left
them in the full expectation that they were to meet an enemy flushed and
insolent with success, and surpassing them in military discipline. It was
no fault of theirs that, when they arrived at Baltimore, an attack had
already been made--it was no fault of theirs that they had not assisted
in the gallant defense of the city and the repulse of the invader.
"The 'York Volunteers,' who did arrive in time, were nearly one
hundred strong, were composed principally of young men, 'the flower of
the county,' and were commanded by Captain (afterwards Colonel) Michael
H. Spangler, of the borough of York.
"This gallant company marched from York on the 29th of August, 1814,
without any provisions other than that contributed by the citizens of the
borough. Immediately upon their arrival at the city, they tendered their
services to the general in command, and in consequence of their respectable
appearance and discipline, were solicited to attach themselves to the fifth
regiment, a fine body of Baltimore troops, under the command of Col. Sterett.
They were marched with their regiment to oppose the enemy at North Point,
and until overpowered by numbers, fought with the bravery of veterans.
"Notwithstanding the formidable host opposed to them, they resolutely
maintained their ground, until a retreat, thrice ordered, became absolutely
necessary to prevent their being surrounded and cut off. Two of their number
were taken prisoners and several wounded--one very severely. After the
battle, and until the enemy retired, their duty was of the most severe
and arduous kind, and they acquitted themselves in a manner fully satisfactory
to their commanders, and highly honorable to themselves.
||"In testimony of the gallant bearing of the 'Volunteers'
at Baltimore, we subjoin the discharge of Gen. Smith, a private letter
of Maj. Heath, and an extract from the regimental orders of the brave Col.
Sterett, of September 20, 1814."
HEADQUARTERS, Baltimore, September 20, 1814.
"Captain Spangler and his company of volunteers from York, Pa.,
having honorably performed the tour of duty for which they had offered
their services, are hereby permitted to return to their homes. In taking
leave of this gallant corps, the Major General commanding has great pleasure
in bearing testimony of the undaunted courage they displayed in the affair
of the 12th inst., and in tendering them his thanks for the essential aid
they contributed towards the defense of this city.
"S. SMITH, Maj. Gen. Commanding."
"BALTIMORE, September 20, 1814.
"TO CAPTAIN SPANGLER,
Dear Sir:--Hearing that you are about to depart from our city with
your brave corps, I cannot do justice to my own feelings without expressing
the obligations I am under to you and them for the promptness with which
you uniformly executed my orders, your readiness at all times to perform
your duty, and the cool and manly conduct manifested by the officers and
men under your command during the action with the enemy on the 12th inst.
May you all return in health to the bosoms of your families, and long enjoy
"I am sir, with sentiments of sincere respect, your friend and humble
"R. K. HEATH, 1st major, 5th reg't."
REGIMENTAL ORDERS--FIFTH REGIMENT.
"BALTIMORE, Sept. 20, 1814.
"Captain Spangler's company of York Volunteers having permission
to return to their respective homes, the Lieutenant Colonel cannot permit
them to depart without thanking them for their soldier-like and orderly
conduct. The few days they were attached to the 5th regiment was
a momentous period of trial--they not only had to face the dangers of battle
but to bear the inclemencies of weather and suffer all the inconveniencies
of fatigue, watching, and hunger, to which a soldier is liable in the hour
of alarm--these were met and borne by them with a manly fortitude, which
does them honor and entitles them to the gratitude of Baltimore and particularly
to the friendship and esteem of the officers and men of the 5th regiment,
which are thus publicly and cheerfully accorded to them.
"The following is a list of the officers and men composing the company
of 'York Volunteers,' when that company marched from York on the Invasion
of Baltimore August 29, 1814..."