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APPLING, Daniel, soldier, born in Columbia County, Georgia, 25 August 1787; died at Fort Montgomery, Alabama, 18 March 1817. He entered the army as lieutenant in 1808. On 19 May 1814, being then a major, he commanded a detachment of 130 riflemen on board a flotilla bearing cannon and naval stores from Oswego, New York, to the unfinished ship "Superior" at Sackett's Harbor, then blockaded by the British. Finding it impossible to run the blockade, Woolsey, the commander of the flotilla, landed the stores by night at Sandy creek. Here the British attacked the party. who expected an easy victory, but were completely surprised by Appling and his men, concealed in the bushes on the banks. The British squadron, with 170 officers and men, fell into the hands of the Americans, and the naval stores were delivered safely at Sackett's Harbor. For his conduct in this engagement Appling was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel. He distinguished himself afterward at Plattsburg, and was brevetted colonel in 1814. On 1 June 1816, he resigned from the army.
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