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Major General Jacob Brown

U.S. Army (1775-1828)

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.