St. Lawrence, movement on the
When news of the declaration of war between the United States
and Great Britain
(June, 1812) reached Ogdensburg, N. Y.
, on the St. Lawrence
, eight American schooners—trading vessels—lay in the harbor.
They endeavored to escape into Lake Ontario
, bearing away affrighted families and their effects.
partisan named Jones
had raised a company of men to capture them.
He gave chase in boats, overtook the unarmed flotilla at the foot of the Thousand Islands
, captured two of the schooners, and emptied and burned them (June 29). A rumor was circulated that the British
were erecting fortifications among the Thousand Islands
, and that expeditions of armed men were to be sent across the St. Lawrence
to devastate American settlements on its borders.
and Commander Woolsey
, of the Oneida
, were vested with ample power to provide for the defence of that frontier.
, of St. Lawrence county
, was ordered to guard the region from Ogdensburg
to St. Regis
(q. v.) with a competent force, and militia were gathered at Ogdensburg
and St. Vincent.
This was the first warlike movement on the river in the War