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Pultneyville and Sodus Alarmed
Geneva Gazette (Geneva, NY), June 23, 1813

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Pultneyville and Sodus Alarmed

On Thursday last, the British fleet on Lake Ontario, made its appearance off Pultneyville, causing the Inhabitants much alarm; from whence without stopping, they shaped their course towards Sodus, where was stored about 1500 barrels Provisions, for the safety of which fears were entertained.

Col. Swift's regiment was ordered on duty; they assembled with alacrity and removed from the village about 1000 bbls. U. S. property; the fleet not appearing, the alarm subsided and the regiment was dismissed. The residue of the property belonging to individuals was not removed, they being under no fears for its safety.

On Saturday evening the fleet made its appearance and anchored about 9 miles off the village; it consisted of several large vessels and a number of small ones. About 9 o'clock they landed a number of men, who carried off the provisions that remained in store, and wantonly burnt and destroyed several of the best houses and stores in the village and embarked about 9 o'clock next morning, when the fleet got under way.

On their landing they were met by about 30 of the inhabitants, who fired a volley, which is said to have killed 5 of the enemy; it was returned by three times their number, killing one, mortally wounded two, and slightly one. Capt. Rees' company of Artillery, marched from this village about 4 o'clock Sunday morning, & Cols. Colt's and Smith's regiments, 12 o'clock Monday morning. Col. Swift's regiment also returned. May of our citizens without distinction of age or party, volunteered in the cause, and they lined the road between this & Sodus, a distance of 30 miles. We are sorry to regret that the Militia are so destitute of arms and ammunition; there is a mode pointed out remedy to it, which should be pursued.

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Richard Palmer
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Pultneyville and Sodus Alarmed