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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

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.

…interesting reply or comment and response:

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.

Ice jams still threaten flooding in Bismarck area

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Waddington, NY: February 24, 1924 Thermit used to break ice jams. – from “Famous First Facts: A Record of First Happening, Discoveries and Inventions in the U.S.” © 1973 Joseph Nathan Kane, 3rd Edition, The H.W. Wilson Company, NY 1964.

– Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:33 AM EDT

Sorry the year is wrong, it was 1925. Waddington has an interesting history. I did some archaeology survey there to return properties to the tax roles that had been seized in the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway overseen by the Feds (head appointed by the President) and the NY Power Authority. We share a half of a hydroelectric dam with Canada that was built with the locks, water control features and seaway. Before it was a very dangerous river and is where Abbie Hoffman was “found out” as an activist against year-round use of the system by icebreakers which uprooted the locals docks and properties. Personally I find it strange that a port was never built for New York along it, mostly dairy and farms, Canada more densely settled on the other side, though Remington’s wonderful museum is in Ogdensburg, who collaborated with Theodore Roosevelt to chronicle the disappearing American West, and all seems to benefit Chicago, Illinois and other Great Lakes ports.

– Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:03 PM EDT

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

Woodstock Music and Arts Festival ended today…

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Thirty-nine years ago, Jimi Hendrix finished off the festival that morning, performing what is now a famous rendition of the, in the public domain, “Star Spangled Banner”. Almost as if we were there, it musically created the rocket bombardment of the island-fort in Baltimore, where our guns were just out of range of the British Navy engagement. They had small longboats with ladder like structures and big metal encased rockets, parachute flares, and standard naval artillery, which, over-run us and led to the burning the White House in the War of 1812! I’ve learned it was over the American invasion of what today is Toronto from Sacketts Harbor, NY led by Zebulon Pike. Francis Scott Key, recorded what he saw from shipboard, and the poem later became the US National Anthem. I worked in the center of Fort McHenry in 1978 for the Dept. of Interior, National Parks Service, Denver Service Center, from which various parks projects, i.e., interpretation, architecture, archaeology, etc. is/was conducted from. One third of its operations were cut by the Reagan Administration.

Hello! Where did everybody go? Anyway I was offered a ride, too barefoot to do much picking up without risking injury, and fell asleep dropped off at Grand Central, then walked over to Penn Station, and realized I didn’t have that much money, and decided to take the subway to the last exit nearest the Long Island Expressway, which wasn’t too smart either, before the now almost ubiquitous plastic bottle discarded rather than the former glass containers most beverages were kept in.

Finally getting a ride for awhile dropped off a few exits before my folks home exit 60 on the LIE, (Ronkonkoma Avenue, to: Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lake Grove, Long Island MacArthur Airport, Sayville) kept walking through the night and finally about 6:30 AM picked up by a class mate, a drummer in the band “Armadillo” also a former fencing teammate, dropped me at home, out of his way, off to go clamming on the Great South Bay. That’s done from “Garvey” boats small flatboats with long handled iron rakes, a tough job getting those hardshell Venus mercenaria clams. I slept like one for near a day I think. I had split at the beginning of the it with my friend down at the “Hog Farm” bus and stage to listen to “The Quarry”.

In 1859, New York Congressman Sickles shot and killed Francis Scott Key’s son, over an adultery committed by his wife and District Attorney Philip Barton Key. (See “The Washington Tragedy“) One source wrote to the Westchester Historical Society years ago, that the congressman’s wife was known as “Swamp Angel” and the artillery crew that fired incendiary shells over six miles at Charleston, South Carolina in 1863 using the R.P. Parrott rifled cannon, that exploded and kept firing, was named after her. I was part of an EPA archaeology effort that found, recovered either the gun platform that was put on the artificial “island” built in the swamp on grillage, or on other grillage built in the West Point Foundry Cove marsh in Cold Spring, NY as the “Swamp Angel” platform prototype. It was found below the “Bridge Shop” remains of the Chicago Bridge and Steel Co.’s former early 20th century extensive rail yard. “Swamp Angels” were also I read, a “gang” of thieves that used to raid ships at dockside in the port of New York City, escaping in some of the sewers there then the legend states. The writer states she never found a marriage mentioned in the books on the congressman.

Our crew was to stay in 1978, in a typical Baltimore, Maryland “railroad flat” after staying in the empty apartment in the Lemon Tavern at the Allegheny Portage Railroad, PA. All the services are conducted behind the houses, trash pickup, etc., on the lane between the two rows of houses backyards, facing streets, where there’s no trash or other traffic relating to the pickup of garbage, which is what I started to do after the Woodstock festival ended and most people had left. Obtained over the phone, one tiny sink, navy cots and screens nailed to windows caused us to negotiate for a “apartment in the projects” with a commute for the same amount. It’s hot in Baltimore in the summer. I had to sign an agreement that we weren’t trying to “blockbust” which is when “whites” move into ethnic “black” neighborhoods to take them over and it had AC. The Fort in the Inner Harbor is either very still and hot or when windy, the large replica flag snaps like a bullwhip and has to be taken down or it will tear itself up. Fortunately the 10″ shell that landed next to the “bombproof” next to the officers two-hole latrine I helped excavate alongside it, did not explode, the “bombproof” in “Toronto” exploding part of the “casus belli”. One 10″ shell fired at Sackets Harbor, rolled up the doctor’s front walkway, was loaded, and fired back, the only ammunition Americans had for that gun.

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08/18/2008 at 6:06 pm

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>

Reply-To: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY <HISTARCH@ASU.EDU>

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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