Re: William Wiseman -- 8th US Infantry
Even though William Wiseman received a land bounty from the army he still had to claim and get a title for his land. Hamilton County was created from White County in 1821 so if he claimed his land after 1821 then his deed should have been recorded in Hamilton County. If he claimed his land before 1821 then the deed should have been recorded in White County. His deed may not be in Henry County.
He may have a will or estate papers in Hamilton County when he died. If not, check for a final deed when the property was transferred to the heirs. Deeds were used as estate papers in many cases. This type of deed should list all of the heirs by name.
The 8th Regiment of U.S. Infantry was organized under the Congressional acts of 11 January 1812 and reorganized on 26 June 1812. Under the act of 3 March 1815 the regiment was consolidated with the 10th, 36th and 38th Regiments of Infantry to form the 1st Regiment of Infantry on 17 May 1815.
The headquarters for the regiment was located at Fort Hawkins, Georgia. The regiment served in the 6th Military District with 728 men. Georgia is where the regiment was raised.
Captain William Jones of Georgia recruited William for five years. Jones would have been the recruiting officer.
MR is “monthly returns”
Captain David Emanuel Twiggs of Georgia was William’s first company commander. He was promoted to major on 21 Sep 1814 and assigned to the 28th Regiment of Infantry.
William was promoted to corporal on 30 October 1813.
William was assigned to Captain William Jones’ company. Jones was from Georgia and he probably took over Twigg’s company.
William was promoted to sergeant on 26 Oct 1813
He was stationed at Fort Jackson, Georgia. The fort was later renamed Fort Oglethorpe.
He was then stationed at Camp Flournay, Georgia.
He was then assigned to Captain Thomas C. Hunter’s company. He was from South Carolina. Fort Hawkins, Georgia, is now Macon.
William received a medical discharge on 21 August 1815. He would have served until 1817.
DR is probably “daily returns” also called a morning report.
TR is probably “transfer returns”
Companies were named after their commanding officers until 1816 which leads to a great deal of confusion. If a commanding officer was promoted then a new commanding officer took over and the company was renamed after the new officer.
Also, new recruits were usually never assigned to an existing company. They were organized into new companies. Older companies were consolidated with other older companies when the number of men dropped too low. Men died, were killed, were transferred, and were discharged, so companies became smaller. Senior officers were appointed to command these consolidated companies and the excess officers were either discharged or sent to the recruiting service.
Although William was born in Maryland, it appears that the family moved to Georgia before the war.
Most of the information above was obtained from Heitman’s “Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903.”