. Alexander Smyth (1765–1830), who represented Virginia in Congress from 1817 to 1825, had been inspector general
of the army in 1812–1813. After boastfully claiming he could conquer Canada, he was
forced to abandon the projected invasion because the army was so poorly trained and
so ill-equipped, and he was much ridiculed for his bombast (DAB
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016.