Thank you for your response James.There is so little on the 24th Infantry and the 2nd U.S. Rifles on the Internet, that I am glad to find someone like yourself that can shed some light on the two organizations.
Your right of course, there was no Light Infantry in the American military at that time.I'm not even sure how that managed to get into my notes, but I was told or read that a 2nd U.S. Rifles company or companies were attached to the 24th Infantry Regiment.
The only information that I really have (other than what you have told me) on Bird Lavender is taken from the enlistment records under "Records of Men Enlisted In the U.S. Army Prior To the Peace Establishment, May 17, 1815.This does not mention the 24th Regiment at all.It says that Bird Lavender, a farmer in Amherst County, VA (did he go to Tennessee to enlist?), enlisted in the 2nd U.S.Rifles on May 9 or September 18, 1813 for the War (which I assume means the duration of the War).Doesn't say where he enlisted or who his Company Commander was, although the Bounty Warrant states Captain Benj Johnson as his 2nd U.S. Rifles CC.
The Remarks portion states:D.R. February 16, and I.R. Malden, UC 1815. Present.Discharged at Detroit June 30/1815 term expired.See pension case.
Not sure what the above abbreviations mean, but thanks for clearing up the Fort Malden business.I thought that I.R. Malden might have been a person (how silly of me) and I have yet to discover a Pension File.
I don't know his 24th Infantry Commander was (or even if he was in or attached to the 24th) since there don't appear to be any rosters and I can seem to find anything about Captain Benj Johnson.I wonder if they meant Benjamin B. Jones?
There is qyite a lack of information on the 24th Infantry and almost non-existant information on the 2nd U.S. Rifles (which everybody seems to agree did nothing).Any ideas on how to find the formation dates of the 24th Infantry and 2nd U.S. Rifles Regiments?
Thanks again for your help.Any additional information or suggestions for reading would be appreciated.Should you wish to correspond offline, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.