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Sept. 15, 2014

War of 1812 Speaker Comes to Fort Ontario

OSWEGO - Noted local historian and newspaperman Richard Palmer presents a discussion about the War of 1812 journal of Major Robert Carr. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24 in the Enlisted Men's Barracks inside Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. The program is free and open to the public.

Major Carr, of the 16th U.S. Infantry Regiment commanded Fort Ontario during part of the summer of 1812. In his presentation, Palmer will read and interpret excerpts that he copied from Carr's journal during a research trip to Philadelphia.

During the War of 1812, Oswego was a pivotal hub along the water transportation route as stores and ordnance were moved from New York City to the U.S. fleet at Sackets Harbor and to army campaigns on the Niagara frontier and St. Lawrence River. In June 1813, about 300 regulars arrived at Oswego just in time to help 500 militia and sailors with a few heavy cannon fend off a British amphibious assault. A year later, lacking substantial militia and artillery support, Oswego fell to the British after an overwhelming amphibious attack on Fort Ontario.

For more information about the program or the fort, contact Paul Lear at 315-343-4711, visit www.fortontario.com, or find Fort Ontario on www.nysparks.com.

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