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Bicentennial Walking Tour of the 1814 Battle of Oswego May 10

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Attack on Oswego -- From an old print, Benson Lossing's Fieldbook of the War of 1812 Attack on Oswego -- From an old print, Benson Lossing's Fieldbook of the War of 1812 Fort Ontario State Historic photo

     On Saturday, May 10, Superintendent Paul Lear will lead a walking tour of the 1814 Battle of Oswego at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. The tour will begin at 1:45 PM at the tunnel entrance of the old stone fort. It is free and open to the public. Appropriate footwear and clothing for cooler and windier conditions along the lake are recommended.

     Lake Ontario was the main theatre of action during the War of 1812, and Oswego was an important forwarding point on the waterborne supply route from New York City to the US Navy shipyard and port at Sackets Harbor, NY. On May 5th and 6th, 1814, a British amphibious force from Kingston, Ontario attacked and captured Fort Ontario and Oswego after a two day battle. During the walking tour event Lear will discuss the individuals and units involved, what actions they took, and the results of the battle.

     Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East 4th Street in the City of Oswego, NY. For more information on Fort Ontario or the walking tour event contact Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711, or email [email protected]

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