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June 13, 2013

British fortress taken


The enemy were commanded by Gen .[John] Vincent; their forces were estimated at 3,000, regulars and militia. We understand that they retreated by the Beaver Dam for the Short Hills, (about twenty miles from Queenston.) It is reported that Gen. Lewis, with a respectable force, has gone in pursuit of the enemy ...

The village of Newark was entirely deserted by its inhabitants ... Buffalo Gazette, of June 1, 1813

COMMENT: The American capture of Fort George, the principal British fortification at the mouth of the Niagara River, opposite the American Fort Niagara, was a major and very welcome victory for the American army. Benjamin Forythe (d. 1814), commander of what we would now call “special forces,” has been described by American historian John Fredrikson as “a consummate light-infantry officer whose reckless hauteur became legendary. Equally disconcerting for superiors was his appetite for plunder, which was rapacious and permeated his entire command.”

Winfield Scott (1786-1866), went on to lead the American offensive in the Mexican-American War (1846), and – promoted to be the first Lieutenant General since Washington – was nominal American commander at the beginning of the Civil War. British General John Vincent (1764-1848) successfully saved the retreating British army, and went on to lead the campaign that forced the Americans to abandon Fort George in December 1813.

NY Governor Election

The official canvass of votes given at the late election in this state for Governor ... [gives] the whole number of votes given in the several Districts for the two candidates ...

Southern dist.: Tompkins 5,869; Van Rensselaer 5,276. Middle dist: T. 8,719; VR. 7,276. Eastern dist. T. 8,813; VR:10,526. Western dist. T. 19,923;VR. 16,649,

Totals: T. (Republican) 43,324; VR. (Federal) 39,718

COMMENT: The re-elected Daniel Tompkins (1774-1825), having defeated Federalist Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839) would go on to become vice president under James Monroe.


Died, at Hartwick...of the consumption, Mrs. MARY POTTER, wife of Mr. Asaph Potter, aged 50.

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