Battle of Ogdensburgh
The invaders from Prescott, Ontario swept into the city once again, in the 25th annual reenactment of the 1813 battle of Ogdensburgh.
Reenactors inched their way tentatively up Lighthouse point as clouds of cannon and gun smoke were punctuated by the boom of cannon and shoulder arms.
Then, seeing that they had the defenders on the run, the advancing soldiers broke into a run, routing the Americans.
The battle over, the deadly foes were friends once again and gathered 'round to congratulate one another on a battle well-fought.
The 1813 battle was sparked by repeated raids by American Col. Benjamin Forsyth on towns and villages on the Canadian side.
Bent on revenge, British soldiers led by Lt. Col. George MacDonnell marched across the frozen St. Lawrence from Prescott on Feb. 22, 1813 and attacked Ogdensburgh.
After forcing Forsyth into a retreat to Sackets Harbor, the British and townsfolk from Prescott sacked the village and left.
Feb 23, 2009