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March 7, 2011

Symposium Honors Local Soldiers of the War of 1812

Shawn Doyle Presents Lectures on March 23 and April 2 --

Historian Shawn Doyle will present a talk about local War of 1812 soldiers at the Oswego County War of 1812 Symposium on Saturday, April 2. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Foundry on West Seneca Street in Oswego. Pictured are Pulaski resident Ralph Price (1793-1874) with his daughters (l-r) Polly, Cordelia, Caroline and Lydia. Price served in the War of 1812 and was one of many who belonged to the Town of Richland Militia that responded to the call of duty at Sackets Harbor. Photo courtesy of the Half-Shire Historical Society.

OSWEGO, NY - Oswego County launches its War of 1812 Commemoration activities with a day-long symposium on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Foundry on West Seneca Street in Oswego.

Five speakers will present talks about a variety of topics related to the War of 1812, including military and naval logistics, militia and soldiers, the Battle of Oswego and William Cooper's Ark.

Richland Town Historian and Half-Shire Historical Society President Shawn Doyle will lead off the line-up of noted historians. A graduate of SUNY Oswego with bachelor's degrees in both history and political science, Doyle has co-authored several local history books. They include the Image of America series, "Northern Oswego County," the "History of the Town of Redfield, Vol. I-IV" and the upcoming "Patriots at Rest, Revolutionary War Veterans of the Town of Richland." He also represents the Third District in the Oswego County Legislature.

Doyle will discuss research and genealogy efforts that support a grave marker campaign to recognize local soldiers from the War of 1812.

"Working with local historians, using online resources and conducting personal interviews, we have assembled an extensive list of local soldiers who served in the War of 1812," Doyle said. "The database contains essential records about the lives of more than 600 soldiers."

Greg Monette, vice president of the Half-Shire Society has been collecting information on these soldiers over the last two years. The details include their military records, when and where they were born and died, who their parents were, and when and who they married.

"We take a lot of information from people coming through the heritage building at the Oswego County Fair each summer," said Monette. "I've also researched several books about Oswego County and the war, and have requested information from other historical societies."

The database is ongoing, and the Half-Shire Historical Society is looking for information from other local historians and societies as well as from individuals who would like to share this piece of their family history.

If you have a War of 1812 veteran in your family or history files and would like to have him or her recognized for their service, please contact Monette at 315/342-7232 or by e-mail at .

For more local War of 1812 history, come to a free presentation on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Pulaski Historical Society Museum at 3428 Maple Avenue. Doyle will give an in-depth account of military activities and local anecdotes. He will also discuss the importance of the old military road that connected Rome and Sackets Harbor through the Town of Redfield and its influence on the later settlement of the east end of Oswego County. For details, call 315/298-4650.

To see the current list of War of 1812 soldiers or to learn more about Oswego County's history, go to visitoswegocounty.com/historical-info/war-of-1812/.

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