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Otsego Herald

May 15, 2014

Oswego held for 15 hours


And whereas ... the Enemy availing himself of the supplies which have been furnished by means of Neutral Commerce to those Ports ... left open and unrestricted, hath already fitted out numerous vessels of war...for the purpose of prosecuting the war with Great Britain. 

I do ... declare ... all the remaining ports, harbors, bays, creeks, rivers, inlets, outlets, islands and sea coast of the said United States ... from Black Point to the...boundaries between the ... United States and the British province of New-Brunswick, to be in a state of strict and rigorous blockade.

Given ... at Bermuda, the 25th day of April, 1814. ALEXANDER COCHRANE.

COMMENT: As the War of 1812 progressed, Great Britain had gradually extended its blockade of the American coastline, and now extended it again to cover the entire coast from Canada to the Mississippi. Until now, however, the coast of New England (which was generally opposed to the war) had been exempted, in part to encourage smuggling and the supplying of British warships operating off that coast.

Under international law (not always respected) naval blockades during a war could only be declared when the nation declaring them had the naval power in the area sufficient to enforce them.

With the defeat of Napoleon, and the freeing up of the entire British navy, it was possible to seal off the entire American coastline. This would, among other things, make possible the British conquest of most of what is now the state of Maine.

Murder in Pennsylvania

Harrisburgh, (Penn.) April 30 ... Mr. Isaac Wells, who kept a store in Front a few doors below Market street, in which he slept, was most inhumanly murdered on Tuesday night last. 

He received a stab below the neck ... while in bed, and was afterwards dragged, or by his own exertion, got over the counter — a handkerchief was drawn tight around his assist in executing the fatal deed.

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  • NAVY IN SOUTH AMERICA British Perfidy New York, July 15th,1814--letter to Secretary of the Navy Sir--There are some facts relating to our enemy, and although not connected with the action, serve to shew [sic] his perfidy and should be known.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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