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Otsego Herald

March 28, 2013

Trust Nobody!

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Alleged Atrocities

From a letter from Black Rock, NY, dated Feb. 3, 1813, to his friend in Baltimore:

“I have spoken of savages; but must state something that would disgrace even them: After the defeat of our troops at Queenston, the British merchants and others resident there, provided a parcel of drunken squaws, each with a stocking into which they put iron weights (used in their shops.) and sent them to kill wounded Americans, who lay on the field.

“Many were knocked on the head by these means. This susceptible of the strongest proof. Now Quere, ought we not to wage a war of extermination against so inhuman an enemy?”

COMMENT: I have never seen any corroboration of this atrocity story.

Aliens Removed from Frontiers

We are informed that, the Marshal of this district has received positive orders from the department of state, to remove forthwith all alien enemies concerned in commerce into the country, 40 miles from tide-water. – Baltimore Mercantile Advertiser.

COMMENT: This was correct. Among other things it led to the travel of the Husbands family from Barbados to Hartwick in Otsego County, including their former slave “Joe Tom” Husbands (1808-1881), who became an important character in Cooperstown during much of the 19th century.

Russian Mediation

Washington, March 9: It is understood that the Emperor of Russia has offered to the U. States and Great Britain, his mediation, with a view to promote peace between them…

COMMENT: Russia, of course, was allied with Britain against France.

The Algiers Pirates

A Letter from Daniel Glover [of Salem, Massachusetts] to his mother, dated Algiers, Oct. 1, 1812. He was a member of the crew of the brig Edward, captured by the Algerine pirates:

“Dear Mother – I am very sorry to inform you of my unfortunate situation; we were taken on the 20th August, by an Algerine frigate; were all taken on board the frigate and stripped to our shirts, in which situation we remained five day before we arrived [at Algiers].

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    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

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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

  • 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