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Otsego Herald

June 19, 2014

Victory won at Sandy Creek


COMMENT: Following their successful raid on Oswego, at the eastern edge of Lake Ontario, the British Navy sought to intercept badly needed naval supplies being carried from Oswego to the main American naval base at Sackets Harbor, where the St. Lawrence River leave the Lake..

When 130 British sailors and marines chased the Americans up the Sandy Creek, the American force led by Melancthon Woolsey successfully ambushed them with a force of American soldiers and Oneida Indian allies.

Master Commandant Melancthon Woolsey (1782-1838) was a rising young naval officer who, in 1806, had led a squad including young Midshipman James Fenimore Cooper at Oswego, supervising the construction of the USS Oneida, the first American warship on the Great Lakes—which Woolsey later commanded. Cooper in 1846 wrote a biography of him.

Another Publication Change

In consequence of a new arrangement of the arrival of the Mails, the day of publication of this paper, will henceforth be on THURSDAY.

COMMENT: The weekly Otsego Herald had originally been published on Saturdays, but had shortly before this switched to Wednesdays in order to coordinate with postal routes. Newspapers were allowed to exchange their papers with other newspaper publishers without paying postage.

Sale of Pews

NOTICE: The annual sale of the PEWS in the Presbyterian Meeting House in this village, takes place on Wednesday the 6th of July next, at 2 o’clock P. M. – E. FOOTE, Clk. Cooperstown, June 20, 1814.

COMMENT: Note that pews had to be bought! Also, the Presbyterian Church here in Cooperstown, as elsewhere, refused to use the word “church” (or to display crosses) on the grounds that these were Roman Catholic symbols.


At Milford, on Friday last, Mr. Jonah Foster to Miss Martha T. Nile, both of this village.

COMMENT: They were still living in Milford in 1820.

Trees and Lightning

Another warning to avoid trees in thunder storms.

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Otsego Herald
  • 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

  • Oswego held for 15 hours A letter from Onondaga, dated 9th [May]...says: "On Thursday the enemy's fleet appeared off Oswego, consisting of 3 ships, 2 brigs, 2 schooners, and 11 gun boats, full of men.

    May 15, 2014