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Otsego Herald

May 16, 2013

Maryland port attacked


“Thirteen barges lay afloat half a mile below the town, and had threatened publicly to burn Charleston this morning.

“The alarm which this invasion occasioned, extended in every direction to the distance of several miles; and men, women and children, with furniture, horses, sheep &c. were seen flying in every direction. The bay side is generally abandoned. – Aurora.”

COMMENT: Beginning in 1813, the British Navy began to blockade American ports, especially in the areas of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and to mount raids against coastal communities there.

Governor Re-elected: Federalists Gain

[Table of April 1813 Otsego County Election Returns]

COMMENT: In New York State elections held in April 1813, Gov. Daniel Tompkins (1774-1825) was re-elected, defeating the Federalist Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839). His Democratic-Republican Party also carried New York’s State Senate. However, the Federalist Party, making an important – if temporary – comeback because of opposition to the War of 1812, carried the New York Assembly for several years, with a big enough majority to choose a Federalist United States Senator. It also elected 19 of New York’s 28 Congressmen.

A year before the Federalist controlled Assembly had changed the name of our village from the village of Otsego, which the previous Democratic-Republican majority had dubbed it when the village was incorporated in 1807, to its present name of the village of Cooperstown. As a result village trustees first elected in 1807 ended their “strike” and began to govern!

In Otsego County voters supported all Federalist candidates, though generally with small majorities.

British Blockade of American Ports

FOREIGN OFFICE, March 30, 1813. His Royal Highness the Prince Regent has been pleased, in the name and on the behalf of his Majesty, to cause it to be signified by Viscount Castlereagh, his Majesty’s principal Secretary of State for foreign affairs, to the ministers of friendly and neutral powers residing at this court, that the necessary measures have been taken, by the command of his Royal Highness, for the blockade of the ports and harbors of New-York, Charleston, Port Royal, Savannah, and of the river Mississippi, in the United States of America; and that, from this time all the measures authorized by the law of nations will be adopted and executed with respect to all vessels which may attempt to violate the said blockade.

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  • 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