War of 1812 Heritage Talks, Ogdensburg, NY
- The fifth annual heritage talks are April 26-27. there is a Friday evening meet & greet ($10) and the 8 seminars on Saturday. The seminars are $80 with a continental breakfast and buffet lunch included. Students and Municipal Historians pay $60, and fort Association members, Canadian Friends and Forsyth's Rifles, $70.
There are two bursaries for students and a general bursary, also.
Again we are using all the of Freight House REstaurant facilities. More than 35 local museums and heritage groups from NY and ON have been invited.
Details at www.fort1749.org
Below are four seminar outlines. We expect to post the remaining four as soon as they are received. Our web page has bios for all the speakers and their subjects.
CHAUNCEY'S IMPACT ON WESTERN OPERATIONS, Sandy Antal
The American assaults on Forts York and George in the spring of 1813 significantly altered the strategic situation in the Lake Ontario region. Less known is their crucial impact on British operations on the Detroit River frontier. Sandy Antal will demonstrate these actions not only demolished Governor Prevost's planned offensive in that quarter, but left the British severely handicapped at the culminating engagements at Put-in Bay and on the Thames. These American victories left the Western District of Upper Canada occupied territory until mid-1815.
OHIO AND THE WAR OF 1812 IN THE WEST, James T. Brenner
Mission creep, the war of words, the Surge, Boots on the Ground, civil-military relations, contractor support to the military, and stability operations are all distinctly contemporary terms, but their meanings are as applicable to 1813 as they are to 2013. To understand the War of 1812 in Ohio suggests that 200 years is long enough to show how many aspects of military history have remained constant. Tactics, weapons, allies, and national policies have changed the conduct of war, but the human factor has changed little. And it's the personal insights gleaned from the vices, the virtues, the pettiness, the professionalism, and the leadership of the participants that provide the timeless and enduring narrative of the war in the west.
WOMEN IN THE WAR OF 1812, Susan Spencer
What was it like to be a woman during the War of 1812? What would life have been like? This presentation examines some of the many roles and experiences of women during that war, placing them in the greater context of life for females during the Regency period, and considering the effects of the massive social and political upheavals of the period upon them. From officers' wives to laundresses, from high society to the underbelly of society these women's stories and experiences are vastly different, and all deserve to be told.
PRIVATEERS, PRIZES AND PROFITS FROM THE PORT OF NEW YORK, 1812-1814, Dr. Faye Kert
The state of New York did not initially support the American declaration of war in June 1812. Eleven of the 14 New Yorkers in the House of Representatives voted against the motion. However, the merchants and ship owners of the port of New York realized there was money to be made. With profit their goal, privately owned and armed vessels known as privateers patriotically served the war effort. Armed with a letter of marque, privateers brought their prizes to an allied port to be adjudicated as "good and lawful prize" before they could sell the ships and cargoes. The profits were divided among the owners, officers and crew according to a pre-arranged agreement. From June 1812 to March 1815, more than 100 private armed vessels sailed out of New York. Privateers, such as the Prince de Neufchatel, Saratoga, Scourge and Snap Dragon earned a tidy fortune. The success and failure of New York's privateers during the War of 1812 ranged from valiant combat to ignominious capture and from international incident to spectacular explosion.
- War of 1812 Heritage Talks
April 25-26, 2014
Sponsored by the Fort La Présentation Association
On-line registration at www.fort1749.org
1-315-394-1749 or email fort1749@....
For the sixth year, the Fort La Présentation Association offers a varied fare those with broad interests in the War of 1812.
Friday evening a family friendly concert of period music.
$5 per adult; youth 17 and under free. Pay at the door.
Saturday seven seminars examine the militias of New York and Upper Canada, the USN on the St. Lawrence River, a Connecticut officer on the Northern Frontier, the Canadian Voltigeurs, US Army uniforms and the 1814 British campaign on the Cheseapeake.
Cost includes Saturday continental breakfast and buffet lunch
$50…Members (Fort Association, Canadian Friends, Forsyth’s Rifles), Educators, NYS Town Historians $30…Students
Exhibits: Crysler's Farm; Sackets Harbor; Archaeology of Pike's Cantonment; Archaeology of the St. Lawrence River; Re-enactment Photography; Remington Art Museum; War of 1812 Navy; Regency quilting; local War of 1812 history authors...
Saturday afternoon following the seminars we will show the TVO documentary “A Desert Between Us and Them” about the destruction by american forces along the Lake Erie shore of Upper Canada. A limited number of copies will be for sale.
We have all the facilities of Ogdensburg’s Freight House Restaurant, from the side rooms to the banquet hall to the bar. The Freight House will offer a special menu for those who stay for Saturday dinner.
Musician and Speakers
Don Woodcock is Grand Champion Fiddler of New York State and a member of the New York State Fiddlers Hall of Fame. He is recognized for having one of the greatest repertoires of traditional fiddle tunes.
Ralph Eshelman Ph.D. - The British Campaign in the Chesapeake - lives in Maryland and is the co-author with Burton K. Kummerow of In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Specific to the War of 1812, Ralph conducted a holistic inventory of War of 1812 sites in Maryland for the National Park Service’s National Battlefield Protection Program.
Gregory Kloten M.A. - Captain George Howard United States Army: The Chronicles of a Connecticut Yankee on the Northern Frontier of the War of 1812 - teaches American and World history at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT.
Horst Dresler - The Canadian Voltigeurs and the Battle of Chateauguay - an active re-enactor for three decades and event organizer for more than 10 years. Horst is a founder of the Quebec Historical Corps a bilingual, nonprofit organization promoting a better understanding of our past.
Richard David Feltoe - The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816 - is the Curator and Corporate Archivist for Redpath Sugar Ltd., Canada’s oldest sugar company. He has authored seven books on the War of 1812, published by Dundurn Press. As a long-time member of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, Richard has “fought” upon many 1812 battlefields.
David Murray - The American Infantry Uniform from 1811 to 1815 - has researched and recreated American military uniforms for more than twenty years, concentrating on the War of 1812. As a longtime member of an 1812 military re-enactment group, he enjoys experimental archaeology by creating and wearing the period clothing.
Bryan Thompson - Lt. Col. Thomas B. Benedict, the Accidental Commander of the St Lawrence County Militia - was the recipient of a 2007 Hackman research fellowship at the NYS archives to study the career of Lt Col. Benedict. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Bruce W Dearstyne award from the NYS Board of Regents for excellence in the educational use of local government records.
Dennis McCarthy - The US Navy support of the Wilkinson Campaign and the Battle of French Creek - has co-authored several Divers Guide Books to the Thousand Islands and the book Shipwrecks of the Thousand Islands. He is amateur archaeologist and historian and co-founder of the St Lawrence River Historical.
- War of 1812 Heritage Talks
April 25-26, 2014
Freight House Restaurant, 20 Market St., Ogdensburg, NY
The Fort La Présentation Association’s War of 1812 Heritage Talks offer two distinct historical experiences; a traditional fiddle concert Friday evening and a Saturday slate of speakers and exhibits, at the Freight House, 20 Market Street, Ogdensburg, NY.
New York Grand Champion Fiddler Don Woodcock performs a wide selection of War of 1812 era jigs, reels and ballads at 7 p.m. Fri., April 25. Children accompanied by an adult enter free to this family friendly concert. Adults of 18 years and older pay the $5 admission at the door. There will be door prizes.
The first-rate Sat., April 26 line-up of seven speakers, 10 exhibits, an author and two documentaries has graduated fees; $30 for students, $50 for educators, state historians and Fort Association affiliates, and $60 for the broader public.
Advance registration is requested for Saturday’s program. The charges include a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Some local motels offer discounts to participants.
For registrations, go to www.fort1749.org Click on Events in the top bar and scroll down to War of 1812 Heritage Talks and click.
Dennis McCarthy (The US Navy Support of the Wilkinson Campaign and the Battle of French Creek) from Cape Vincent, NY is an amateur archaeologist, historian and diver who authored Shipwrecks of the Thousand Islands.
David Murray (The American Infantry Uniform from 1811 to 1815), Morristown, NY, has researched and recreated American military uniforms for more than 20 years. He is an experimental archaeologist, creating then testing the durability of period clothing.
Bryan Thompson (Lt. Col. Thomas B. Benedict, the Accidental Commander of the St Lawrence County Militia) the municipal historian for the town of DeKalb, NY, received a Hackman research fellowship to study the life of Lt. Col. Benedict.
Ralph Eshelman M.A. (The British Campaign in the Chesapeake) is a heritage consultant living in Lusby, MD. He is the co-author with Burton K. Kummerow of In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.
Gregory Kloten M.A. (Captain George Howard United States Army: The Chronicles of a Connecticut Yankee on the Northern Frontier of the War of 1812) from Wethersfield, CT teaches American and World history at Capital Community College in Hartford.
Horst Dresler(The Canadian Voltigeurs and the Battle of Chateauguay) a Canadian, resident and business owner in Woodstock, VT is an author, a re-enactor for three decades, and event organizer for more than 10 years.
Richard Feltoe (The Upper Canada Militia in Peace and War, 1808-1816) from Brampton, Ontario is the Curator and Corporate Archivist for Redpath Sugar Ltd. in Toronto. He is the author of seven books on the War of 1812 and a longtime re-enactor.
Hope Irvin Marston Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey: The War of 1812. Eleven-year-old Rankin McMullin has joined the brig Oneida. This book for young readers is a good introduction to local history. Ms. Marsden from Black River has written a number of books for young readers.
Pike's Cantonment Saranac, a temporary military camp along the Saranac River, housed more than 2,000 American soldiers during the winter of 1812-13. The location remained a mystery until 2011 when archaeology confirmed the presence of the encampment. The cantonment was abandoned when troops were ordered to Sackets Harbor. Dr. Tim Abel, Lead Archaeologist
Sackets Harbor became the center of American naval and military activity for the upper St. Lawrence Valley and Lake Ontario. In an attempt to destroy the American shipyard, a British-Canadian force launched an attack May 29, 1813. The Americans drove off the enemy, but a fire that destroyed their military stores marred their narrow victory. Constance Barone, Site Manager
St. Lawrence River Historical Foundation Inc. will have posters telling the story of underwater archeology activities on the US side of the Thousand Islands and slides and video of the archeology projects. Maps, drawings and booklets cover subjects from French and Indian War to 19th-century commercial sailing. There will be information on Site Registration programs with New York State Historic Preservation Office. Kathi McCarthy, Amateur Historian
The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg houses a comprehensive collection of Remington’s paintings, sketches and sculptures. David Parish, an early developer in St. Lawrence County and a prominent player in the shipping and lumber industry, built the main building in 1810. Parish opposed the War of 1812. Laura Foster, Director/Curator
In The Age of Sail the Royal Navy and the American Navy, whether on the oceans or the Great Lakes were almost identically equipped from ship design to armaments to the food and stores. Get the feel of life aboard a fighting vessel without the risk of seasickness. Fritz Steele, Heritage Interpreter
War of 1812 Re-enactment Photography is as close as many people get to the fog of war and the confusion of battle. The captured moments of advancing troops, artillery fire and poignant instances give a certain intimacy to a war and battle. The photographs were shot at re-enactments in the St. Lawrence Valley since 2012. Helen Mott, Professional Photographer
The Dunvegan Pioneer Museum is a small village capturing the early years of Ontario’s Glengarry County settled by Loyalists and immigrant Scot. The Regiment of Glengarry Fencible Infantry and the Glengarry Militia were active locally and across what is now Ontario and into New York during the War of 1812. Jim Mullin, Re-enactor
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail War of 1812 Traveling Quilts Exhibit will feature examples of newly-made cot-to-coffin-sized (70 inches long by 30 inches wide) works featuring 1812-authentic patterns, fabrics, colors, and symbols. Lynette Lundy-Beck, GLST Project Manager
Regency Quilting is not like your grandmother’s crazy and patterned quilts, so well known today. The Sisters of Perpetual Needling will be working a period design on a traditional quilting frame with a display of contemporary examples of period fabrics and photos of original quilts from museums around the world. Christine Nicholson & Therese Whittaker, Heritage Interpreters
Old Fort Niagara will have a range of War of 1812 books for sales and related subjects. David Caldwell, President
"Losing Ground: The Race to Preserve War of 1812 Battlefields in New York State" produced by WCNY Syracuse, New York, and
"A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812" concerns the American ‘scorched earth’ of Southwestern Ontario. Produced by the Living History Multimedia Association, Brantford, Ontario.