The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Pilot (Cazenovia, NY), Wed., May 11, 1814

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Attack on Oswego. - On Friday last, the British flotilla, to the number of 5 or 6 sail appeared off Oswego at an early hour in the morning, and commenced a brisk fire upon the old fort and barracks. The fire was returned by our men with spirit and not without effect. The enemy, however, succeeded in landing a large force, report says from 1,000 to 1,500, at twelve o'clock.

Our force stationed at the fort consisted of about 300 regulars, who with the aid of the citizens of the village, took the precaution to remove and sink in the river most of the public property. Four pieces of cannon were taken by the enemy. The loss on our side is said to be from 40 to 50 killed and wounded, and that of the enemy must have been far greater.

The enemy cleared out on Saturday, taking with him, prisoners, Mr. Hugunin, Mr. Bronson and a son of Doctor Colton, all citizens of Oswego village. The reason, as stated, for carrying off these men was, that they would not discover to the enemy where the provisions and other public property had been secreted. We are told that private property was not molested.

One house only, destroyed, occasioned by the fire from the enemy' vessels. Immediately on the news of the enemy's landing, the militia and exempts of this town and its vicinity, turned out manfully and marched to assist our neighbors. Although the alarm was at a late hour, yet the alacrity with which all classes of men obeyed the summons, evinced a noble and patriotic spirit.

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Richard Palmer
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The Pilot (Cazenovia, NY), Wed., May 11, 1814