Which events lead some men to volunteer to serve for days, weeks or months in this conflict? Does the unit they served in give any clues to their relationship or their location?
According to the Alfred Fant book, Fant Genealogy, we find a variety of units in service.
The 45th Regiment Virginia Militia , which Alfred calls Peyton's but which is also found as Edrington's Company of Stafford were activated in 1814.The British were landing at many places along the Potomoc River in the Northern Neck area.
Serving at that time were: Elias Fant, George B. Fant, Joel Fant, Lovell Fant and Richard L. Fant.
John L. Fant served as Commissary Sgt. in 1813 and Quarter Master Sgt. in 1814.
Also serving who may be connected were James Reddish and Joseph Reddish who was Company Captain, John Edrington and Thomas Jones. Samuel Heath Peyton himself was a Lt.. Colonel.
Captain Curtis Waller was in charge of the 16th Regiment later in 1814 and Fant Genealogy
indicates that Joel and George B. Fant serve there although I cannot find documentation online.
Also no verification but Lovell and William W. Fant may have served in Renno's
36th Regiment and Richard L. Fant in Crutchfields.
John C. Fant served in the Mississippi Militia ( Neilsons) and Thomas Fant as a Drum Major in the 5th Kentucky.