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Otsego Herald

November 7, 2013

British Retreat



Cooperstown, Oct. 30, 1813.

COMMENT: No bank was actually founded until 1830.

Lawyer in Town

JOSEPH S. LYMAN, Attorney at Law, has opened an office in this village, at the room lately occupied as a Clerk’s office by John Russell. Esq.

Cooperstown, Oct. 29, 1813.

COMMENT: Joseph Stebbins Lyman (1785-1821) came from Northfield, Mass., and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806. He served as a Democratic-Republican Congressman from 1819-1821, dying shortly after the completion of his term. He is buried in Greenfield, Mass.


A Phenomenon. A shortly after the discovery of Chippewa on Tuesday last, a curious and singular phenomenon was observed on Lake Erie from this village [Buffalo]. Several water-spouts ascended to the clouds; one of which was very large, and the others smaller. The first appearance was like a whirlwind on the water, which raised a spray of a large diameter to a considerable distance in the air, from the top of which was seen to rise a column of water increasing in size until it was lost among the clouds. – Buffalo Gazette.

COMMENT: Water spouts, caused by a temperature difference between the warmer water and colder air a few thousand feet up, are not uncommon on Lake Erie. Three were reported on July 29, 2013. The USS Chippewa, a schooner, had been driven aground near Buffalo on Oct. 12, 1813—where she would remain until burned by the British in December.

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  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    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

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014

  • Passing out bibles The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o'clock A.M.

    May 22, 2014