Scott's brigade (9th, 11th, 22nd and 25th U.S. regiments) gets the lion share of credit in most books on the 1814 Niagara campaign. And this is understandable. Scott is a legend in the history of the army and his training camp outside Buffalo New York set a standard of professionalism unmatched up to that time.
But the other regular regiments of the army also fought well. In Ripley's brigade both the 21st and 23rd U.S. Regiments had had long service records during the war. Both regiments trained with Scott's command.
At Lundy's Lane Miller's 21st regiment did yeoman service. His laconic remark, "I'll try sir" when asked to charge the guns is a legend in the U.S. army and is the motto of today's 5th U.S. Infantry regiment. Miller brought the 21st as close to the British hill top position as he could utilizing dead ground and the dwindling daylight. A point blank volley and bayonet charge broke the British center, capturing the Royal Artillery guns opporsite him. The 23rd then moved up to supported their comrades in the 21st and stood by them during the fight. Miller held his hill top position throughout the night against all odds until order to fall back by General Ripley.
Both regiments are in the new 1813 regulation uniforms. These are blue coats with no facings but white trim around the collars. The shako is very similar to its British counterparts and in the night fighting created identifying problems. This is a simple but sharp looking uniform.
The regimental colors are from the outstanding Flags of Wars range for the War of 1812. Each flag has the name of the regiment on it within its scroll. Great detail! The tassels and finals are from Front Rank and add a nice touch. The miniatures are from the fantastic Knuckleduster War of 1812 line. Leading the two regiments is the figure of General Ripley himself. I plan on adding the 1st U.S. Regiment and also mounted command figures for each regiment to complete the brigade.