Cooperstown Crier - Your Source for Hometown News - Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame

Otsego Herald

August 30, 2012

U.S. Navy exploits

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Aug. 29, 1812

Compiled, with comments


Weather: Utica 1812 Almanack:

Some want of rain

War News from Niagara

UTICA, August 25. A young man, a native of Boston, has just arrived in this village, who left the town of Niagara (Upper Canada) on the night of the 13th inst. Having been ordered to join the Canadian militia and not liking to oppose  his native country, he, with two others, fled, and had the good fortune to procure a boat and cross the Niagara river unobserved. He states that Gen. [Isaac] Brock had gone to Long Point, 100 miles above Fort George [on  Lake Erie], where he was collecting and sending on troops to Malden (aka Amhurstburg). The number of regulars, militia and Indians which he had already collected was understood to be about 1500. The British forces remaining at Fort George consisted of 150 regulars and about the same number of militia, besides one company of local artillery.

Our informant further states that one hundred of the militia, under the command of Maj. Sammons, while on their march from Long Point to Fort Malden, had formed a resolution to desert and join the American army. Their  intentions being discovered 70 of them fled to the woods and 30 surrendered. Those who fled were pursued, and five of them taken and brought to Niagara, where they were confined in goal [jail]. -- Gazette

COMMENT: Hopes that Americans living in Canada, most of them recent immigrants, would refuse to join the Canadian militia and/or desert to the American side, remained high at the beginning of the war. Many cases did occur,  but as American military activity began to affect residents of Upper Canada (now Ontario), they declined considerably.

More Mobs More Mobocracy.

The house of Benjamin Austin, Esq. of Boston, a distinguished republican, was on Thursday evening last, wantonly attacked by persons unknown, by throwing stones, which broke a number of squares of glass. He had often  before been threatened, by anonymous letters, and experienced the destruction of his property. The selectmen have offered fifty dollars for a discovery of the offenders. — Boston Chronicle.

Text Only
Otsego Herald
  • Fire Prevention The Trustees of the village of Cooperstown, are determined rigidly to enforce the following Bye-Law:

    April 17, 2014

  • British Spy Executed Plattsburgh, March 26. At length, by redoubled vigilance, in spite of the defects of our own laws, the corruption of some of our citizens, and the arts and cunning of the enemy, one Spy, of the hundreds who roam at large over this frontier, has been detected, convicted, and sentenced to Death.

    April 10, 2014

  • Fasting, humiliation and prayer The Presbytery of Oneida, having met at Whitesborough, on the 3d day of February, 1814, took into consideration the present calamitous state of our country, the war, its disastrous and demoralizing effects, the prevalence of immorality, of irreligion, drunkenness, sabbath-breaking, and vices of various kinds,

    April 3, 2014

  • Recovering after the fire HAVE again commenced business, in the white building south of the Bookstore of H. & E. PHINNEY, where they hope their friends and the public generally will please to call, in order that they may be enabled to forget the loss which they have so recently sustained by fire.

    March 27, 2014

  • A fire in Cooperstown On Thursday morning last, between the hours of 3 and 4 o’clock, our citizens were aroused from their slumbers by the alarming cry of fire, which proved to be in the building occupied by Mr. Joseph Wilkinson as a store and dwelling.

    March 20, 2014

  • British Attack in North The Plattsburgh Republican, of the 26th ult. [February] says, that on the 19th, the enemy from Cornwall and Coteau de Lac, having learned that our troops had left French Mills, on the15th, crossed the St. Lawrence, and visited the French Mills, Malone and Chateaugay, and had “carried off between 150 and 200 barrels of provisions, good and bad, public and private.â€�

    March 13, 2014

  • A futile patriotism SPEECH OF THE HON. MR. HOLMES, in the Senate of Massachusetts, During the Debate on the reported Answer the Governor/s Speech [A Republican State Senator, John Holmes strongly objected to the anti-war attitude taken by the Federalist-controlled State of Massachusetts].

    March 6, 2014

  • Making maple sugar The sap begins to run -- farmers, look out; it is all important that every effort should be made to obtain a national supply, the present year, from our own resources.

    February 27, 2014

  • Back to Sackett's Harbor The camp at French Mills, we understand, has been broken up. Two thousand troops were expected to reach Sackett's Harbor on Friday last. The residue have proceeded to Malone and Plattsburgh, at the former of which places the sick had arrived on the 2d inst. [February]. The boats had been removed by land.

    February 20, 2014

  • 'A Tale of Horror!' "A Tale of Horror!" New-London, Jan. 26. Three weeks since we heard of the following murder...but so great was our reluctance to give publicity to a tale of such enormity... that we have heretofore deferred publishing it. The following letter is from of [a] gentleman of our acquaintance, whose veracity is unquestionable. Other attendant circumstances have come to our knowledge equally monstrous, but sufficient is stated to harrow up the feelings of the human reader.

    February 13, 2014