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Otsego Herald

May 8, 2014

Republicans defeat Federalists


Some of the public stages and coaches were obliged to be left in the roads, and the horses taken out —many were overturned, and several people injured.

COMMENT: The famous (or infamous) London fogs would last until the early 20th century, when coal ceased to be the principal fuel for heating buildings.

Ships Launched

Middlebury [VT], April 27. From Vergennes, we learn, that six row-gallies were launched last week, capable of mounting two heavy guns each. ... The new Brig is represented to be one of the finest of her class. If our fleet, thus strengthened, clears Otter Creek in safety, we venture to predict that it will ride triumphant on Lake Champlain the ensuing season.

COMMENT: As indeed it did, at the Battle of Plattsburgh on Sept. 11, 1814, when a small American fleet on Lake Champlain commanded by Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough decisively defeated a British squadron commanded by Commodore George Downie (who was killed in the fight).

The American naval victory caused British Army Commander Sir George Prevost to abandon his planned invasion of America and retreat back to Canada.

The American Brig (a two masted warship) referred to in the story was the 500 ton Eagle, with a crew of 150, carrying eight 18-pounder guns and twelve 32-pounder carronades (a shorter type of cannon). Her hull was holed 39 times and she lost 13 men killed and 20 wounded. After the war she was sold in 1825. The six “row-gallies” gunboats were each 70 tons, with a crew of 40; they carried one 24-pounder long gun and one 16-pounder carronade. – From the May 11 issue.

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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