Ausable River, Battle of Chateaugay, British, Chateaugay River, Dean "Lecturer" Smith, Doc Stanton, Epinetus Wheelwright, Ezekiel Pratt, French, Giulliame Pineaux, Jay Johnson, Joshua Crimmins, Lietenant Preserved-Fish MacAdam, Micah Ferris, Native Americans, Saint Regis River, Salmon River, Sergeant Zacharias Asher, Stanislaw Koscsiusko, war, War of 1812
Stanislaw Koscsiusko was originally from Poland.
He claimed to be from a family of professional soldiers. Stanislaw was honest about everything he said or did so we accepted his claim. When the end came – – – we knew that soldiering was in his blood. He fought with dignity; and he held a strange reverence for the enemy.
He often recited “How much reverence has a noble man for his enemies. Such reverence is a bridge to love. The noble man desires his enemy for himself, as his mark of distinction; he can endure no other enemy than one in whom there is nothing to despise and very much to honor!”
The first time we heard this we thought that Stanislaw was just propping up his courage so as to not be afraid of battle. But after several tough encounters with the enemy we knew he really believed it.