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Henry Driscoll
Fictional Character
Trail of Glory
POD: March 27, 1814
Appearance(s): 1812: The Rivers of War
1824: The Arkansas War
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederacy of the Arkansas (born in the United States)
Occupation: Businessman, Soldier
Affiliations: Iron Batallion

Henry Crowell was Negro freedman born in the United States who became a prominent military and political figure in the Confederacy of the Arkansas. Crowell's place in history became rather infamous; although he'd served with distinction as part of the Iron Batallion at the Battle of the Mississippi in 1815, in 1820, he was castrated by Creoles in New Orleans, an act which led to the Battle of Algiers and ongoing emnity between the U.S. and the Confederacy.

War of 1812[]

Crowell was born free in Baltimore. He went to work in a foundary as an adult.

In August, 1814, his wagon was comandeered by U.S. Army Lt. Patrick Driscol and Pvt. Anthony McParland. Driscol intended to go to Washington, D.C., and paid Crowell for the trip. They soon gained additional aid when they came across militiamen under the command of John Pendleton.

This group then moved on to the Executive Mansion, where they joined with Captain Sam Houston, who proposed a defense of the Capitol Building. Shortly after arriving at the Capitol, Crowell proposed that his former employer, Foxhall's Foundary, would have ample shot and powder for the guns the group had secured. Houston sent Pendleton and his dragoons with Crowell to the foundary. With the help of the foreman, David Kendall, the group secured what they needed, and returned to the Capitol just as the battle was beginning. On they way, they were met by U.S. Secretary of State James Monroe, who entered the building with them.