For a second time in US history, a 15th Infantry formed as the War of 1812 began. In the harsh winter of 1813, well-respected Brigadier General Zebulon Pike commanded this regiment on their perilous 180-mile march over-land from Plattsburgh at Lake Champlain to Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario. [Read more…] about War of 1812: The 15th Infantry’s 180-Mile March
As the Civil War raged on the land, the two national navies — Union and Confederate — created another war on the water. The naval war was one of sudden, spectacular battles as well as continual and fatal vigilance on the coasts, rivers, and seas.
US Navy veteran and US Navy Civil War sailor re-enactor John Dellapenna, along with other men who portray United States soldiers and sailors from the Civil War era, are set to host a re-enactment of “A Day in the Life of a Sailor,” on Saturday July 27th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
A program on the bicycle’s impact on the social status of women in the years before Women’s Suffrage in New York State, led by historian Kjirsten Gustavson wearing her reproduction 1890s bicycle costume, has been set for Saturday July 27th, at 10 am, at Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site. [Read more…] about Women’s Bicycling History Program at Sackets Harbor
The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site has announced Slavery, Freemen, the War of 1812, and A House Divided, has been set for Saturday July 6, 2019 at 1 pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discover the story of slavery in New York State prior to the Revolutionary War, learn about African-American men serving at Sackets Harbor on combat ships in the War of 1812, and visit the historic site commandant’s house, home of a Southern-born Navy officer on the eve of the Civil War. [Read more…] about Slavery, Freemen, the War of 1812, and A House Divided
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site and the Hay Memorial Library have announced a Sackets Battlefield reading and discussion series, set to run Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Hay Memorial Library’s second floor meeting room.
The series companion book will be The Civically Engaged Reader: A Diverse Collection of Short Provocative Readings on Civic Activity edited by Adam Davis and Elizabeth Lynn.
During the years of the War of 1812, winter ice played an important strategic role between the combatants on Lake Ontario. At the eastern end of the lake, decision makers at both Sackets Harbor, the US military headquarters, and Kingston, the center for Upper Canada forces, anticipated invasion opportunities across the frozen lake, and each spring anxiously waited to commence naval operations after the ice left their harbors.
In March 1815, at Sackets Harbor the US Navy commander extended a cordial invitation to a former War of 1812 British adversary, but the lake needed to be ice free: “Commodore Chauncey presents his Compliments to the Marquis of Tweedale, will feel extremely [sic] happy to see the Marquis and his friends at Sacketts Harbor and will with pleasure send them to Kingston the moment the ice will allow a passage.” [Read more…] about Some Sackets Harbor Ice Boating History
African-American US Navy War of 1812 Veteran Julius Terry is set to be honored at the Lakeside Cemetery in Sackets Harbor, NY on Saturday September 29, 2018. The dedication of his new grave marker will be at 10 am, in the cemetery adjacent to Military Road.
African-Americans made up approximately twenty-five per cent of the US Navy during the War of 1812. In July 1813, Commodore Isaac Chauncey reported “nearly 50 blacks” on board his flagship the General Pike, 15% of the crew. The schooner Scourge had an all-black gun crew, roughly 20% of the ship’s crew. By autumn 1814 possibly 450 African-Americans served in the Navy at Sackets Harbor. [Read more…] about African-American War of 1812 Veteran Being Honored
Over the centuries, history unfolded in so many ways along the cliffs of what is today the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
The oldest story about the cliffs appears in the oral traditions of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) when the Great Peacemaker crossed Lake Ontario in a white stone canoe, landing where Sackets Harbor is located.
The cliffs played a defensive role a May 1813 attack by British and Canadian forces during the War of 1812. [Read more…] about Sackets Harbor: On The Cliffs of Lake Ontario
As Women’s History Month ends, Sackets Harbor has quite a woman to remember. During her tenure at the country’s smallest US Naval station, Frances “Frank” Metcalf daily raised and lowered the flag for nine years. She assumed her appointment by the Navy Department after her husband Albert’s death in 1906.
In fact, her husband’s father Henry Metcalf, an English immigrant, accepted the first Navy Yard ship keeper’s role in 1862 after Commodore Bailey stepped down. Albert, assumed his father’s role in 1868 when his father passed away. The title of ‘ship-keeper’ evolved into ‘caretaker’ a decade later, but that didn’t stop his widow Frances from calling herself ship-keeper during her reign. [Read more…] about Frances Metcalf: A Veteran of the Years
Sackets Harbor‘s role in the War of 1812 began a long relationship between the community and the military that continues today. During that war, the massive influx of forces challenged all aspects of daily life. After the war, the village accepted the Army’s decision to create a new home Madison Barracks.
Today, with the Army’s nearby Ft. Drum military reservation, soldiers and civilian employees continue to call the village and surrounding town their home. [Read more…] about Military Hospitality At Sackets Harbor