Author Archives: Michael Kleen

About Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen has a M.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University and M.S. in Education from Western Illinois University. His nonfiction articles have appeared in publications like Historic Illinois and the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. He is currently stationed at Fort Drum, New York and enjoys visiting historic sites and battlefields.

War of 1812 Battle of Cranberry Creek Mini Doc


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still shot from Battle of Cranberry Creek youtube videoThe Battle of Cranberry Creek, fought just north of Alexandria Bay in July of 1813, was a small but dramatic part of the War of 1812 in Upstate New York. In late July 1813, the American Navy learned that several British bateaux loaded with supplies were bound up the St. Lawrence River for Fort Henry at Kingston, Ontario. Major Dimoch of the Forsyth Rifles caught up with the flotilla in Goose Bay on July 20 and sized 15 ships and their cargo. Continue reading

A Report From Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Weekend


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Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Weekend reenactmentOn August 5 and 6, Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site in Jefferson County, New York held its annual War of 1812 weekend, complete with military encampment, an English Country Dance, Sea Chanteys, and of course reenactments of the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor.

The Second Battle of Sackets Harbor was fought on May 29, 1813 between British forces under the command of Colonel Edward Baynes and American forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Electus Backus of the Regular Army and Brigadier General Jacob Brown of the New York State Militia. Continue reading

A Visit To Marilla Civil War Days in Erie County


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Marilla Civil War DaysOn July 29 & 30, Marilla, New York (in Erie County) held its 14th Annual Civil War Days at Marilla Town Park.

The weekend was packed full of activities, including a ladies period tea party, artillery demonstrations, candlelight tours, a period dance and church service, and of course battle reenactments. At Sutlers Row, vendors sold Civil War memorabilia, flags, books, and uniforms.

Each year has something a little different to offer. Previously, the event featured barn burnings, ground charges, and falling trees and buildings. Saturday’s reenactment was more conventional. Continue reading

Montcalm’s Cross: Report from Carillon Reenactment Weekend


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fort ti carillon reenactment On July 22 and 23, Fort Ticonderoga commemorated the 259th anniversary of the 1758 Battle of Carillon with a series of events called “Montcalm’s Cross,” named after French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm.

The Battle of Carillon was fought on July 8, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was the bloodiest battle of the Seven Years War fought in North America, with over 3,000 casualties. French losses were about 400, while more than 2,000 were British. Continue reading