An Incident of 1812.
Conveying the Cable from Sandy Creek to Sackets Harbor for the Ship of War New Orleans.
An old subscriber to the Watertown Reformer, who lived at Henderson Harbor and took part in some of the events of the war of 1812, writes as follows concerning the carrying of the cable for the ship New Orleans from Sandy Creek to Sackets Harbor:
"One morning the news came that the cable for the ship at Sackets Harbor had been landed at Sandy Creek and would be brought overland the next day to Sackets by the way of Roberts Corners and Smithville. They were afraid it would fall into British hands, if they came around to Sackets by water.
"My brother and I went on foot up to Sam Hubbard's house, which was located about two miles from the Corners. Next morning we were off bright and early, intending to reach there first, but smart as we tried to be, there was a large number ahead of us, and it was not long before a crowd gathered around the tavern (it was not hotel those days,) kept by a man named Spencer.
"I can remember how eagerly everyone watched the road where the procession would first make its appearance, and what a shout greeted the men when they came in sight. Perhaps the fact that so many were there to welcome them helped to lighten their burden. The men marched along live and six feet apart from each other, with the big hemp cable across their shoulders. The citizens of and Sandy Creek had turned out to help carry it to its destination."