The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), Saturday, July 1, 1876

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A BRILLIANT EVENT FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE FOURTH AT OSWEGO, -- The indications are that the naval attack on Fort Ontario will be the most brilliant feature of the Centennial celebration in Oswego. The appropriation by the executive committee is most liberal, and the committee having the matter in charge are enthusiastic, energetic, and untiring. The attack upon the fort will be from four schooners outside the harbor, which will be moved in a circle by the propeller Ellsworth, each vessel delivering a broadside as it passes the fort. These vessels will probably be manned by Company A, of the Forty-eighth regiment, whose guns will be brought into requisition for the armament of the fleet. Four guns in the fort manned by the garrison will respond. One hundred guns will be fired on each side. At the close of the engagement a full rigged vessel, prepared for the occasion, will be set on fire and allowed to burn to the water's edge in full view of the city. Its rigging, sails, ropes, and hull will be saturated with kerosene, which will create a brilliant fire.

Six or eight kegs of powder will be placed in the hold to insure a final explosion and the complete destruction of the vessel.

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Richard Palmer
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Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), Saturday, July 1, 1876