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  • Water atrocities Brig. Gen. George McClure (1771-1851), of the New York Militia, committed one of the worst American atrocities in the War of 1812, when on Dec.10, 1813, while evacuating Fort George in Upper Canada, he burned the nearby town of Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake), giving no notice, and leaving its 400 women and children stranded in the snow.

    September 5, 2013

  • A brave patriot? Bravery and Good Fortune. An obliging friend at Braintrim [Wyoming County, PA] has favored us with a letter, written to him from the Genesee -- from which we have extracted the following account, the authenticity of which we have no reason to question.

    August 29, 2013

  • Cooper cannons sink We are informed that a Floating Battery, in the form of an Octagon, constructed under the superintendance of Mr. William Cooper, formerly of this village, was stove to pieces on its way from Oswego to Sacket’s harbor, the fore part of July. It is said that 15 men were navigating it, one or two of whom were drowned, and the remainder considerably injured. It is stated to have been built at the expense and risk of Mr. Cooper, and to have cost about 5000 dollars â€"intended to have carried 16 heavy guns.

    August 22, 2013

  • Americans imprisoned Facts are daily transpiring tending to show the extent and enormity of this practice upon the seamen of our country. No man not lost to every sense of shame, can resist the mass of testimony which is daily unfolding; or longer view with indifference, unless his bosom has become callous as well to every impulse of humanity, as to the glow of patriotism.

    August 15, 2013

  • All local items From the subscriber on the night of the 30th [July] Henry Yagers, an indented apprentice (Mulatto) about 17 years old, very large of his age, about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, thick set, his hair short and naturally curled.

    August 8, 2013

  • U.S. Marines JAMES BROOM, first lieutenant of marines on board the Chesapeake, about 24 years of age, was killed in the action with the Shannon on the 1st of June. He was born at Wilmington in the state of Delaware.

    August 1, 2013

  • Submarine Attack Bushnell the second â€" We understand a gentleman at Norwich has invented a diving boat, which by means of paddles he can propel under water at the rate of three miles an hour, and ascend and descend at pleasure. He has made a number of experiments, and been three times under the bottom of the Ramillies, off New-London.

    July 25, 2013

  • Editor dies On Monday last, departed this life, ELIHU PHINNEY, Esq., aged 58 years, after a more than usual illness of 36 hours -- having served the public as Editor of this paper for upwards of 18 years.

    July 18, 2013

  • American Frigate Lost The British Frigate HMS Shannon defeated and captured the American Frigate USS Chesapeake on June 1, 1813, in the Atlantic near Boston. The two ships were about equally matched and the duel lasted only a few minutes. The Shannon then took the captured Chesapeake to the British naval base at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it became a British warship.

    July 11, 2013

  • American Victory Despatch 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, 2013