The Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, in partnership with The Living History Education Foundation has announced a Military Reenactment Day set for Sunday, August 26 from 11 am to 4 pm.
On the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens, directly overlooking the Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, military reenactors will set up encampments from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, and World Wars. They demonstrate camp life with inspections, formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, and drills. Continue reading
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Park, 504 W Main St, Sackets Harbor, has announced a Past and Present event, comparing the War of 1812 and present military equipment, on Saturday August 4th, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Attendees can learn about life during the War of 1812 at Sackets Harbor and compare a War of 1812-style 3-pounder cannon to a modern US Army 105mm howitzer cannon. Continue reading
A talk on the Battle of New Orleans has been set for Thursday, July 26th at 7 pm at Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, 04 W Main St, Sackets Harbor.
The Battle of New Orleans, a well-known battle of the War of 1812, is enshrouded in mythology. In this free public lecture, historian and author Donald Hickey examines the leading myths of the battle. He explains where the myths came from and why they are so durable. Continue reading
The Quassaick Chapter, NSDAR, and the Moffat Library of Washingtonville, NY, both located in Orange County, recently completed a year-long project to preserve and digitize a set of four letters belonging to the Caldwell family of Blooming Grove from the War of 1812 era.
The library has other letters from the family that had been previously transcribed by the Blooming Grove Town Historian, but these are the first letters to be digitized and put online for public view. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The 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
December 19, 2017 marks the 204th Anniversary of the “Tuscarora Heroes.” Near Niagara Falls, in retaliation for the American forces burning the British held Canadian town of Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Fort George ) during the War of 1812, British-Canadian forces and their First Nations allies captured Fort Niagara and attacked the poorly defended Town of Lewiston.
Though a number of civilians were killed during the burning of Lewiston, many more were saved by the actions of warriors from the nearby Tuscarora village who rushed to their aid. Creating a diversion long enough for many civilians to escape, the actions of the “Tuscarora Heroes” has become an important part of Lewiston’s history and shared memory. Continue reading
On 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
Willard Sterne Randall’s new book, Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) challenges the notion that Americans fought two separate wars of independence.
Willard Sterne Randall documents a fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Randall argues that the struggle was all about free trade. Continue reading
The name William Caldwell first caught my attention while researching the August 12, 1781, raid in Wawarsing, in Ulster County, NY. His name was mentioned again in Governor George Clinton’s public papers. It was also in connection to the August raid which, it was believed, was lead by Caldwell (then a Captain). During this raid he led other Tories and Native American allies.
William Caldwell was born around 1750 in Northern Ireland. Prior to the American Revolution, Caldwell came to England’s North American Colonies first settling in Pennsylvania. Continue reading