The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., May 8, 1876

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Singular Coincidence.
Death of a Man who Assisted in Capturing Oswego in 1814.

Last Saturday afternoon an old man, John Sullivan, who had seen ninety-one years, died on board the canal boat John F. Hager, then lying in the East Cove under Fort Ontario. John Sullivan, as his name denotes, was an Irishman, and served as a soldier several years in the British army.

He was under Lieut. Col. Fisher at the capture of Oswego, May 6th, 1814, in which engagement he was a participant, and after the capture, deserted and remained in the United States. He remembered distinctly the landing of the troops, the fight between the Americans and British on the ground east of Fort Ontario, and assisted in burying some of his companions in the burial lot, hear where the stone quarry now is, in the fort grounds. It is rather a singular coincidence, to say the least, that the old many should die underneath the guns of a fort which he assisted in capturing just sixty-two years before. He lived on the boat with his daughter and son-in-law.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., May 8, 1876