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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Jan. 12, 1855

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Oswego Veterans of 1812

A Suggestion. - Some of the veterans of the last war are now at the Capitol at Washington; but on looking around in our city, we observed there is quite a number still remaining home. We have taken the trouble to gather the names of citizens, who still dwell among us, who took more or less active part in the scenes of our last struggle with England.

The list is quite a large one for our locality, and we presume there are other names which we have failed to obtain. We would suggest that it would be a very pleasant thing for these old veterans, supported by other citizens, to have a public supper - a re-union - during this winter some time, when they might recount to each other the stirring scenes, the alarms, imprisonments, battles, and trials of those days. It would be an occasion full of interest, we doubt not, to them, and especially so to the younger generations now on the stage. Why not? Who will start the ball? Below are the names which we have obtained. We have placed opposite them, a brief mention of the position occupied, and some incident in which they were identified. Messrs.. Brown, Hugunin, Squires and McNair, were carried off as prisons of war, at the capture of Oswego, in 1814.

Messrs. Bush and Eno, were connected with Wilkinson's expedition against Montreal, and passed through several naval and land contests. Veteran Jacobs, was in the navy, and was identified with most of the naval operations on this Lake. Capt. Day was in the U.S. Artillery, was all along the frontier, at the battle of Niagara, and several other engagements; he is now stationed here in the Revenue Service. Mr. Fisher was a collegian, and was put at the head of a company of students, which marched to the defense of Providence, R.I.

Mr. Dolloway was made Captain of a force suddenly raised in this place to repulse the attack of the British, who were reported to be coming down the lake shore in small boats to take the town. It turned out to be a false report, the supposed fleet being a huge raft towed by skiffs. The Captain's military phrases were rather unique. As his force approached the lake shore, ready to give the enemy a warm reception, he called out, "tree your logs," meaning that his men should hide behind a tree or log. An old English deserter in the crowd, remarked, "I've been in the service fourteen years, and never hear such orders as Capt. Dolloway gives." But we have not time to allude to each person's exploits. The following will sufficiently explain: -

Jacob M. Jacobs, U.S. Navy, on Lake Ontario.
Alvin Bronson, Commissary, taken Prisoner, May 6, 1814
Abram D. Hugunin, Captain of Vessel do do
Matthew McNair, Commissary do do
Wm. Squires, citizen do do
Jesse Dodge, Musician do do
Hunter Crane, Commissary, at Sackets Harbor
Philo Stevens, citizen
E.W. Clarke, do
Nathaniel Johnson, Pilot, present at Sandy Creek action
Jacob I. Fort, in Commissary Dep't., at Niagara
William Dolloway, Capt. Pro tem.
Capt. R. Day, U.S. Artillery, now Revenue Service
Capt. Aaron Bush, Sailing Master, connected with Wilkinson's expedition against Montreal, &c.
Henry Eagle, Paymaster in the U.S. Ship Yard, at Sackets Harbor
S.H. Ludlow, attached to the expedition for defense of Plattsburgh
Eurella Doolittle, Drum-Major, at the battle of Chippewa
Sylvester Doolittle, present at the attack and burning of Big Sodus
Calvin B. Burt, citizen
Geo. Fisher, Capt. of Volunteer Company, at Providence
Capt. John Eno, connected with Wilkinson's campaign against Montreal
Col. Wm. S. Fitch, citizen
T. Wiman, citizen
Geo. Burt, in the Militia.

Besides the above, there are doubtless many other veterans in various parts of the County, who would be placed to participate in any demonstration that might be made.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Jan. 12, 1855