Charles G. Boerstler

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Colonel Charles G. Boerstler, was a Marylander who became infamous for his apparently blundering surrender at the Battle of Beaver Dams in 1813 in the Canadian theater of war. Boerstler had surrendered to a British contingent, unknown to Boerstler, that was half the size of his own forces. A letter from Gilder to Barnard on May 25, 1816, states that Gilder was sending Barnard a pamphlet written by Boerstler which Gilder believes "should exonerate Boerstler," presumably from his disastrous military decisions made during the War of 1812.