Battle of Big Sandy Recalled
Mr. Lyman Wright, of Albion, has handed the editor of the Pulaski Democrat some old newspapers called the "Rutland (Vermont) Herald," printed in 1814-15, in Rutland, Vt. One of them contains a copy of an official letter from General Gaines to the Secretary of War, dated Sacket's harbor, May 30th, 1814, which reads as follows:
"Sir - Major Appling, of the First Rifle Regiment, with a small detachment placed under his command for the purpose of protecting the naval stores coming from Oswego, having got safely into Sandy Creek, was this morning attacked by a detachment from the British navy; and after an action of ten minutes, beat and captured the whole of the enemy's force without the loss of a man, excepting one Indian.
"The loss of the enemy is 13 killed, 28 wounded, and 183 taken; with four large and as many small boats. Among the prisoners are two post captains, four lieutenants of the navy, one captain of marines and two lieutenants, and two midshipmen., The captain of marines and one midshipman are badly wounded.
"Major Appling's detailed report will be forwarded as soon as received."
There are a number of men living in Onondaga county, whose heads are now frosted by age, who well remember the scenes and events of that occasion, and who participated in it.