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Attack on Pultneyville
Geneva Gazette (Geneva, NY), May 25, 1814

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Attack on Pultneyville.

A gentleman has put us in possession of the following facts relative to the recent attack of the British on Pultneyville. On Saturday the 14th inst. the British fleet was discovered standing towards the place, of which expresses were sent out to call in the militia, and by Sunday morning, Gen. John Swift had under his command about 150 volunteers and militia.

A flag of truce came from the fleet to demand a surrender of the public stores, with the assurance that if given up, private property should be respected and no injury done to the place. The answer returned was, that an attempt to land would be resisted to the last. The citizens, however, after the flat was dispatched with this answer, importuned, and prevailed on the General to yield the public property, there being no competent force to oppose the enemy - and accordingly a second flag was dispatched countermanding the first. About 500 troops in boats were then set ashore to procure the stores, (consisting only of some damaged flour) and while employed, an unknown person fired at the commanding officer three times - the third shot grazed his arm.

Twice he was satisfied with the assurances given him that the act was unauthorized; but after the third shot, he ordered his men to retire to their boats, load and fire, which was returned: - they then repaired to the fleet and immediately a heavy cannonading was commenced and continued for one hour, after which it ceased and the fleet sailed.

We are gratified in stating that not a person was injured on our side during this conflict; nor is it known that the British met with any loss. They took off 100 barrels damaged flour. Several houses were perforated with cannon balls, but none materially damaged. The out-houses of Mr. Hallett were much injured. A number of 32-lb and other heavy shot have been picked up in the village.

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May 25, 1814
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.27979 Longitude: -77.18609
Richard Palmer
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Attack on Pultneyville