Carrying the Cable Recalled
Silas Lyman, 86 years old, relates the story of the carrying of the cable from Sandy Creek to Sackets Harbor in 1814 following the Battle of Big Sandy.
"I have been requested by many to give some account of the cable that was taken up and carried on men's shoulders from the mouth of Sandy Creek to Sackets Harbor, a distance of about twenty miles. The cable weighed nearly five tons and eighty-four men took it up and carried it from McKee's Landing to Ellis Village, where we got a few recruits and went to Belleville, and thence to a place called Four Corners, finding ourselves pretty well drilled out.
"The people at the Corners most liberally furnished us with supper and barn lodging and breakfast, all freely given and thankfully received.
"Then the rope was taken up on through Smithville and to the Harbor. Some of our men tired out, but others volunteered in their places. One man left his team with his boys, saying we should not do the job alone. He was a stout fellow, and put his shoulder to the work.
"As we advanced, men kept falling in,and the people along the route cheered us lustily. And as we advanced toward the end of our rope job, there was loud cheering the whole length of the cable, which was about thirty-six rods long (594 feet) and the size of a seven-inch stove pipe."