The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sackett's Harbor, April 26, 1814
Niles Weekly Register, May 7, 1814

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"Sackett's Harbor, April 26, 1814. - As this is the spot to which the eyes of the whole nation are at present fixed, you will, I presume, expect to hear what is going on; in doing which I feel much pleasure, as I am able to say what most please every true American. Our naval force consists of five fine vessels, in commission last year; also two fine brigs, now nearly rigged, to mount 26 long 32's each. A ship, that will be launched about the first of May, to mount 70 guns, 32's and 24's, besides several well armed schooners, that will answer for either batteries or transports' the whole comprising a force I believe amply sufficient to enable our gallant Chauncey, not only to chase the knight, but also to drub him.

"From Kingston, distant about thirty miles from here, we learn that they have built two large vessels, the last of which was launched three days since; so that they will soon be able to come up the lake. This information was received here the evening before last, by our look-out schooner the Lady of the Lake, the commander of which, Lieutenant Gregory, in his report to the commodore, says that he entered the harbor of Kingston, within a mile of their fleet, and after having reconnoitered, gave them a gun. - This produced a general alarm in the town; they beat to quarters on board of the fleet, and the whole military force (which consists of about 3,000) turned out, expecting an attack from our fleet. he then wore ship, and stood out of the harbor.

"We have, for several days past expected an attack here, in consequence of having learned that the enemy had embarked 2,000 men; but find since that he had a spy among us (who, by the bye, came very near being taken). This fellow informed that our fleet, which they supposed had gone to the head of the lake, was still in the harbor; they then disembarked and gave up the project - and well for them, for had they ventured, they would most assuredly have been completely cut up, as the harbor is not only well fortified, but strongly provisioned."

[Dem. Press]

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May 7, 1814
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.94923 Longitude: -76.12076
Richard Palmer
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Sackett's Harbor, April 26, 1814