Lucas joined a territorial militia unit sent to patrol along the Illinois River in 1811. He subsequently transferred to a St. Louis volunteer artillery company led by his brother Robert. When Robert resigned his command in 1813, the St. Louis volunteers elected Charles to replace him. He was given the rank of Captain and for the duration of the War of 1812, the artillery company he commanded periodically reported for duty at the nearby military installation at Portage des Sioux.
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
John Baptiste Charles Lucas Family Papers (1754-1943) Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis. ALS Lucas, William to Lucas, John Baptiste Charles, box 9 March 6, 1818 and March 15, 1818
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