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July 18, 2013

Editor dies

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Elizabeth Cooper was the oldest child of James Cooper (1789-1851), the novelist, who in 1826 changed his name to James Fenimore Cooper. It is said she died from eating over-ripe strawberries. Robert R. Ward was a local carpenter.

Raid on Hampton

Letter from Captain Cooper, to Charles K. Mallory, Esq., lieut. governor of Virginia.

“I was yesterday in Hampton with my troop; that place having been evacuated in the morning by the British. My blood ran cold at what I saw and heard. The few distressed inhabitants running up in every direction to congratulate us; tears were shedding in every corner.

“The infamous scoundrels, monster, destroyed everything but the houses, and, (my pen is almost unwilling to describe it) the women were ravished by the abandoned ruffians. Great God! my dear friend, can you figure to yourself our Hampton females seized and treated with violence by those monsters, and not a solitary American arm present to avenge their wrongs! But enough — I can no more of this ...”

COMMENT: The letter was written by Capt. James B. Cooper (1761-1854), a distant relative of James Fenimore Cooper. The British attack on Hampton took place at dawn on June 25, 1813, and the invaders quickly took over the town. Unfortunately, the “Independent Foreigners” a unit of French prisoners who had been released on condition that they join the British army, ran riot as described in Capt. Cooper’s letter. The official American report was a bit more circumspect, stating that “The sex hitherto guarded by the soldier’s honor escaped not the rude assault of superior force.”

Battle of Beaver Dams

Letter from Major General [Henry] Dearborn to the Secretary of War, June 25, 1813

“Sir — I have the mortification of informing you of an unfortunate and unaccountable event which occurred yesterday. On the 23d ... Lt. Col. Boerstler, with 570 men ... was ordered to march by the way of Queenstown [in Upper Canada] to a place called the Beaver Dams...to attack ... the ... [British] enemy collected there for the purpose of...harassing those inhabitants who are considered friendly to the U. States.

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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