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Otsego Herald

March 28, 2013

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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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