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Sergeant Patrick Gass

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Patrick Gass loved a good adventure. He enlisted to fight the Indians, volunteered for the Lewis and Clark expedition, and volunteered again for the War of 1812. He earned his fame on the Lewis and Clark expedition, gaining notoriety by publishing a journal of the events of the expedition. However it was his courage and skills proven in the War of 1812 and the battles with the Indians that earned Patrick Gass his image as one of the first true professional Noncommisssioned Officers. Patrick Gass was born on 12 June 1771 near Falling Springs, PA. His parents moved around several times in the first years of Patricks life until finally settling down in western Maryland. In 1780, the Gass family again picked up roots, moving westward several more times until they finally settled at Camp Catfish, now Washington, PA. The next eight years Patrick spent helping his father farm the land there. Patrick showed his spirit of adventure at an early age by volunteering to make several trips across the mountains to western Maryland. These trips were to pick up much needed supplies for his family. Although he was under 18 years of age, the danger and peril did not stop his yearning for adventure. Instead, these trips just made Patrick even more eager to set out on his own and begin his own incredible adventures. In 1792, at the age of 21, Patrick left home and joined Captain Cantons Company of Rangers of the Frontier. He went on to fight the Indians who often attacked settlers in the western frontier of the colonies. He served at Bennetts Fort in Wheeling, VA, and in August of that year fought in the offensive that virtually ended the confrontation with the Indians in the area. After that battle, Gass returned home in 1794. Just months after his return, Patrick moved to Mercersburg, PA and became a carpenters apprentice for two years. During that time he worked on a variety of projects, including the home of James Buchanan.

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