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January 9, 2014

The attack on Buffalo


Amos Hall (1761-1827) was a New York politician and surveyor temporarily in command of the western New York state militia. By the end of the brief battle, according to one modern source, though the Americans were superior in numbers to the British, “most of the American forces were flying through the woods, in company with or even ahead of the terrified villagers, along the road to Williamstown and Batavia.” General Hall, who efforts to rally his troops were so totally unsuccessful, was not himself blamed, and returned to surveying after the war.

British Capture of Fort Niagara

Letter to the Albany Argus, dated Dec. 26:

“On Sunday morning last, the British crossed the river about four miles above fort Niagara. Two companies of regulars proceeded and took possession of the Fort, by surprise or treachery, without opposition. The Indians then began their hellish work, by burning the buildings and plundering, killing and scalping the inhabitants. On the river and from six to eight miles...they have not left [but one] building standing ...”

Albany Argus ... The particulars of the capture of [Fort] Niagara are variously related, though ... there can be no doubt, that there was the most reprehensible negligence, or treachery, on the part of the garrison or its commander ... Rockets were discharged on the American side as signals to the enemy; the commander left the fort, between 12 and 1 o’clock in the morning, and went 2 miles to his farm. On the night of its capture, the gate of the fort, for the first time in several years, was left unfastened!

Local News

DIED — In Hartwick, on the 30th ult, Lieut. ABEL CAULKINS, aged 62 (formerly from Lisbon, Con.) of a lingering complaint, which he bore with christian fortitude and resignation.

In this town on the 4th inst. Maj. MOSES OSTRANDER, aged 50, after a lingering illness.

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    August 7, 2014

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    July 31, 2014

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    July 24, 2014

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    July 17, 2014

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    July 10, 2014

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    July 3, 2014

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    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014