Major General Jacob
Although he fought and won more
pitched battles against British regular troops than any other American
General in two years, Brown is almost forgotten today. A New York militia
officer with a reputation as a fighter,he was brought into the regular army
in 1813 and promoted major general and commander of the Left Division in
1814. During the summer of 1814, he conclusivley demonstrated that
well led and well trained American regulars were capable of beating a professional
foe in open battle.
Brown was also one of the few officers that understood the difficulties of campaigning on the northern frontier.