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Otsego Herald

January 17, 2013

Gunpowder explosion

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Gunpowder explosion

We are informed that the Powder Mills, near Blandensburgh, were on Monday night, about one o’clock, set on fire, as it is believed, by an incendiary. The fire was discovered in the centre building and immediately the inhabitants of the neighborhood left their houses.

In about 15 minutes the house exploded, containing about four thousand pounds of powder. From the judicious arrangement of the establishment, the explosion was not communicated to other buildings; already the operations have been renewed.

The loss is stated not to exceed six thousand dollars, although the explosion was so violent, as to have shattered the glass of houses two miles distant, to have raised from the ground large frame buildings, bursting out their windows and doors…. 

General Hull returns

We learn from Washington City, that general Hull has been exchanged, not for 30 pieces of silver, but for 30 soldiers. It is expected he will be tried without delay. – Democratic Press.

COMMENT: Gen. William Hull (1753-1825) was the American officer who had on Aug. 16, 1812, surrendered Fort Detroit to British General Sir Isaac Brock without firing a shot, even though his troops far outnumbered the British. As this item indicates, he was widely considered a traitor to America. He was court-martialed and sentenced to death, but President Madison pardoned him. Hull died in Newton, Mass., after publishing two memoirs defending his conduct at Detroit.

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    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

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    July 3, 2014

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    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