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June 6, 2013

Attack on Sacket's Harbor


The British attack was led by the British governor and commander-in-chief in Canada, Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost (1763-1822). It was the only British attack on this base during the War of 1812, and as stated here proved mostly unsuccessful. [COOPERSTOWN NOTE: General Prevost’s half-brother, Major Augustine Prevost (1744-1821), married a daughter of George Croghan, who gave him 6,000 acres at the head of Lake Otsego, where he built and settled at what is now called Swanswick.]

The American defense was led by Major General Jacob Brown (1775-1828) of Pennsylvania, who led the New York state militia and was one of the first really competent American officers to rise to command during the war. After the war, he was named American Commander-in-Chief. When he died in 1828, President John Quincy Adams said at his funeral that: “General Brown was one of the eminent men of this age and nation. Through bred a Quaker, he was a man of lofty and martial spirit, and in the late war contributed perhaps more than any man to redeem and establish the military character of his country.” Alas, he has been practically forgotten in the panoply of great America military leaders.

British Abandon Siege of Fort Meigs

Letter from Gen. W. H. Harrison to the Secretary of War, HEAD-QUARTERS Camp Meigs, May 9, 1813:

SIR—I have the honor to inform you the enemy having been several days making preparation for raising the siege of this post, accomplished this day the removal of their artillery from the opposite bank, and about 12 o’clock left their encampment below, were soon embarked and out of sight. I have the honor to enclose you an agreement entered into between Gen. Proctor and myself for the discharge of the prisoners of the Kentucky militia in his possession, and for the exchange of the officers and men of the regular troops which were respectively possessed by us.

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