Bicentennial of Sackets Battle
The War of 1812. If you live in the North Country you've probably heard a lot about it. The 32-month war wasn't exactly a major one in American history. But it is a major part of North Country history with battles being fought up and down the Saint Lawrence River and on Lake Ontario. Saturday, the 200th anniversary of a decisive American victory was celebrated, the battle of Sackets Harbor. "The British were training our sailors off of our ships, especially the ones who were of British origin. The British needed those sailers because they were fighting with Napoleon in Europe," said Connie Barone, site manager. In 1813 British and British Canadian troops invaded Sackets Harbor when the U.S. commander left the area to assist in the Niagara peninsula. "Here in this area both sides were trying to control the Lake and particularly the St. Lawrence River. The route of communication across the Atlantic to Europe," said Barone. The U-S won that battle, but not without hundreds of casualties on both sides. Despite reenactment of battle, the event is about peace. There was a dedication of a monument which honored the 104th Regiment of Foot. The soldiers in that regiment were from New Brunswick, a British Colony back then, but now a Canadian province.