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Discover 1812 | Trip Ideas: War of 1812

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It’s been reported Ontario, Canada has $5 million for the bicentennial events commemorating the War of 1812, New York state, $5,000. This link shows some of the issues on the Canadian side which led to the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the burning of the White House in that war the Canadians claim they won. Discover 1812 | Trip Ideas


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05/07/2010 at 11:58 am

Indian Tribes Go in Search of Their Lost Languages –

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It states Thomas Jefferson collected the native Long Island native words, I read he was interested in linguistics, with his future successor James Madison, but I think it failed to mention that they were visiting the William Floyd manor, he one of the early signers of the "Declaration of Independence" and whose land adjoins the Unkechaug on the Forge River. I worked on the archaeology of the manor for the Suffolk County Archaeology Association (SCAA)  and then a short time later when the property was given in part of the Fire Island National Seashore, for the Denver Service Center of the US Dept. of Interior, National Parks Service, testing some of the parts that the public would be using, some minor changes. The SCAA also publishes a number of volumes on the archaeology and history of the county.

George Washington first stayed on Long Island in Southold, for three days waiting for the ship that would take him to Boston, MA after the so-called "French and Indian War" in which he served. He had been advised to make the journey by a doctor to see what was going on there. He would later return in a triumphal tour of Long Island, after the loss of the "Battle of Long Island" losing that battle but winning the war, with the help of the Culper Spy Ring. They provided information, much of it gathered in the then Tory stronghold and port in Setauket, NY also named from one of the native groups that lived there the Setaukett, near "cutsgunsuck" another North Shore port, Stony Brook, NY and today a large University, brought into being by a shoe magnate of the Melville family, who today still contribute to local preservation efforts. George Washington kept a diary which historians have access to and perhaps some of the words might help in it from the descriptions, i.e., Bald Hill was once a signal hill and said to be a native burial ground, he once described as a "mere trifling" yet what he meant by that is open to interpretation. Another "mere trifling" was on the current St. Joseph’s Seminary, site of the former Valentine Tavern, (DAR marked) but from this "mere trifling" one could see the British Navy’s activities in the Long Island Sound, offshore and in the Hudson River. From another tower ("The First Salute" Barbara Tuchman) he watched the combined French and American troops cross the Hudson River, leaving Admiral Cornwallis’ trap to later defeat General Cornwallis in Virginia securing the new nation of the United States.

Indian Tribes Go in Search of Their Lost Languages –

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04/07/2010 at 12:23 am

io9 – Hallmark’s Captain Pike Figure Perfect As A Cake Topper For Your Three-Way Wedding – Star Trek

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I sometimes wonder if Gene Roddenberry was considering the historical Zebulon Pike, when he created "Captain Pike" who survives. Zebulon Pike was blown up from the exploding "bombproof" when a "special" explosive being prepared, ignited prematurely, for the American invaders of Canada from Sackets Harbor, NY in near what later became Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the War of 1812.

The remains of the explorer of what became the American West ("Pike’s Peak" found by him) placed in a barrel, were returned to Sackets Harbor then the largest military compound in the US and the cited "birthplace" of the American Navy, on the Great Lakes. A fence around the cemetery there, where chloroform was distilled and glucose made from potato starch was refined, both in 1831 by Samuel Guthrie, was originally part of Buckingham Palace provided to demonstrate our friendship since. Our American invasion was countered with the siege of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD and the burning of the White House in Washington, D.C.

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I think people later attributed it to him. It may have had no name or a native name or like Alaska, part of territory descriptions, the "Panhandle" apparently decided to include valleys that went along with "sighted" and described "peaks". Of course he might have had guidance like that commemorated on the current US gold dollar depicting "Sacajawea" who guided Lewis and Clark, who President Jefferson asked to look out for large mammoths, America’s first science expedition, to excavate one west of Newburgh, New York. It was thought mammoths might be roaming in the West.

The previous Susan B. Anthony dollar was to show the woman who once posed as a man to vote in Upstate New York before women could vote, who was defended by judge Henry Selden. They named the town I went to school in after him, Selden, NY which I "found" to be the case much later.

Fort McHenry National Monument Archeology – Baltimore, Maryland – 1978

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02/01/2009 at 9:39 pm

Monument tweaks American noses on War of 1812

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TORONTO – A provocative new monument in downtown Toronto that “gently” reminds onlookers who won the War of 1812 shows a giant British toy soldier towering over a toppled American figurine.

Constitution Day

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“Montpelier celebrates Constitution Day this year Wed. Sept. 17 with speeches and ceremonies, and for the first time, James and Dolley Madison’s former home will look exactly as it did when the Madisons lived there. Renovations have been underway for five years, and the restoration of Montpelier’s original size, structure and furnishings will be officially unveiled to the public on Constitution Day. Above, group of visitors learns about Madison’s contribution to American history from Montpelier’s front portico.” Restoration Celebration | Orange News

Listening to “John Lee Hooker – The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker [1964]”

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09/18/2008 at 12:50 am

Tomorrow is “Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn, 1876”

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Subject: Re: urban cemeteries

From: George Myers <georgejmyersjr@GMAIL.COM>


Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:21:48 -0700

One I was involved with, I am not sure meets the criteria, though it is in or adjacent to the New York State Urban Cultural Park at Sacketts Harbor, NY (last I heard there were 14, i.e., Buffalo, NY Theater District, the area in Ossining, NY next to the Sing-Sing Prison and the first Croton Aqueduct exhibit, an Erie Canal Lock in Syracuse, NY, and some others) which resulted after the Berger Co., found some scattered human remains in their shovel tests and were kind enough to visit from their work at nearby Fort Drum, NY to relocate the datum they had used, even though the client had not paid them.

The parade ground at Madison Barracks is an adaptive reuse of historic resources that were built on for a planned retirement community on Lake Ontario and part of what was once the largest military site in the US and some say the “birthplace” of the US Navy, over the War of 1812. A small extant cemetery is there, with cast iron fence from Buckingham Palace as a token of peace offered after the hostilities, which in an invasion of what has become Toronto, a bombproof there blew up in preparation of a “special weapon” which killed Zebulon Pike (western explorer/ officer of Pike’s Peak fame) which resulted in the retaliatory bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD and the burning of the White House. Zebulon Pike was returned in a barrel to Sacketts Harbor and thought to be buried in said cemetery though at the time it was not clear to us working in the what has become known as Fort Pike but at the time Volunteer Fort, manned by then grayed veterans of the American Revolutionary War.

When other remains were found in the parade field, where by the way Ulysses S. Grant first served after graduation from the West Point Academy (later as a Captain on Governors Island, NYC) we called the coroners office (as required in most states of the US when human remains are found, or you might be charged in messing with a crime scene) as the remaining buildings are used as rental units (the main barracks had fallen down perhaps in one of the northern NY state earthquakes, a 5.1 I experienced at Fort Drum in 1983) but they only offered there their services to work on the weekends as the remains were definitely historic. We thought the shallow finds disarticulated discards of war or other processes until, near the surface, Angela Schuster, now a senior editor of “Archaeology” magazine and I discovered the “archetypal” coffin outline, however for someone of a quite short stature or perhaps disarticulated by war. That stopped one of the condominiums rapidly going up around us and the area of the former “parade field” was left alone, I hope, at least that was the way I remember working there for Greenhouse Consultants, Inc., with William Sandy, RPA (who markets flotation processing and the equipment).

It was at one time decidedly “urban” today, still has that feeling, though many of the structures of the former installation that had fallen into disrepair were once taken out on the ice of Lake Ontario where they sank I was told. Some estimates of the circa 1812 era place the population at about 35,000 conservatively. Over 20 people were hung for military infractions, some for simply falling asleep while on guard duty and said to have begun the revision of military justice in the US services.

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06/24/2008 at 3:59 pm

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