The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, March 6, 1861

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Secession in Oswego Harbor - The Laws Enforced! - There was a bit of excitement in Oswego harbor yesterday morning, growing out of the secession operation. It seems that Sheriff Tucker had attached the schooner J.P. Kirtland, of Milan, Ohio, with her cargo of grain, at the suit of the Toledo Bank, on a claim of some $4,000. The grain had been elevated by the Sheriff and secured, but at an early hour yesterday morning Capt. Coulter, of the Kirtland, taking advantage of the Sheriff's absence, suddenly spread his canvas and under the influence of a fair wind sailed out of the harbor, bound for the Canada side in defiance of the Sheriff's attachments.

Sheriff Tucker soon ascertained that the vessel had flown, and was for a short time in considerable agitation. he, however, adopted prompt measures to remedy the secession. He chartered the tug Morgan, and was soon on board steaming after the attached vessel as fast as he could go. After a ten mile chase, the Kirtland was overhauled, and compelled to heave to without firing a short across her bows. She was towed back again into the harbor and remains in the custody of the Sheriff.

Capt. Coulter was glad to get off by paying the expenses of the steam tug which the Sheriff had hired. Let everybody take notice that Secession can't be tolerated in Oswego, and that the laws are to be enforced when Sheriff Tucker gives the word!

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, March 6, 1861