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PATTIE, Sylvester, pioneer, born in Bracken county, Kentucky, 25 August, 1782; died in New Mexico about 1828. His father was born in Caroline county, Virginia, in 1750, and in 1781 emigrated to Kentucky, settled on the south side of the river of that name, and obtained employment as a carpenter and teacher. He was one of a party that marched to the assistance of Bryant's station when that place was attacked. Sylvester emigrated to Missouri in 1812, and made his home at St. Charles. He was lieutenant of rangers in the war of 1812, and was left in command of a detachment at the fort at Cap au Gris, which was shortly afterward attacked by a force of British and Indians. After the siege had continued a week, and Pattie had tried in vain to induce two of his men to make their way through the enemy's lines, cross the Mississippi and apprise the commander at Bellefontaine, forty miles distant, of the precarious condition of the besieged, he disguised himself in the uniform of a dead British soldier and successfully performed the exploit, bringing back 500 men to the relief of the garrison. After the war had ended, Pattie built a saw and grist-mill on the Gasconade river, sending down pine lumber in rafts to St. Louis. Here he remained until 1824, when, having lost his wife and become dissatisfied with his business, he decided to undertake an expedition into New Mexico, where he died in captivity among the Indians. This was one of the first expeditions from this country into that territory. --His son, James Ohio, born in Bracken county, Kentucky, in 1804, accompanied his father, and to his pen we owe an account of the expedition. On his return his journal was edited by Timothy Flint and published under the title " The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie, of Kentucky, during an Expedition from St. Louis through the Vast Regions between that Place and the Pacific Ocean, and thence Back through the City of Mexico to Vera Cruz, during Journeyings of Six Years; in which he and his Father, who accompanied him, suffered Unheard-of Hardships and Dangers, had Various Conflicts with the Indians, and were made Captives, in which Captivity his Father Died; together with a Description of the Country and the Various Nations through which they Passed" (Cincinnati, 1833).
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