May 7 – Middletown 366

1804

Partnership Dissolved

The Copartnership of Bolles, Savage & Co. was this day by mutual agreement dissolved. All persons having open accounts with said Company, are requested to call on Timothy Savage, at Middletown Upperhouses, and adjust the same. All Notes and Accounts due them, if not paid soon, will be left in the hands of an Attorney for collection.

Josiah Savage, jr.,

Timothy Savage,

Matthew Bolles.

Said TIMOTHY SAVAGE has on hand a few Hhds excellent RUM–a few Pipes BRANDY–New.York superfine FLOUR–and a constant supply of all kinds of HARD BREAD.

Middletown, May 7, 1804.

From the American Mercury, May 24, 1804.

1814

Battle of Oswego Falls

Extract from a letter from a U. S. Officer, to his friend in this town, dated

Oswego-Falls, May 7.

“I arrived at this place about sunset last evening, in company with about 200 troops. We escaped from the Fort about 3 P. M. after a very severe contest. Our force was, in all, about 300 men. The enemy’s fleet made its appearance on the morning of the 5th, about 6 o’clock, and consisted of 4 ships and 3 brigs. We had no doubt of their object, and fired alarm guns to collect the militia. About 3 P. M. the fleet formed a line, and commenced embarking their troops in boats. We had only 4 pieces of ordnance to oppose their landing. The cannonading began on our side about 4, and was immediately returned by them. It continued until 6 at which time we saw them take their men on board, and cut 4 of their boats adrift, there being every appearance of a squall. The fleet left us, and came to anchor about 10 miles from the Fort, down the Lake.

“On the morning of the 6th, the fleet again made sail for the Fort. The wind being nearly ahead, it could not form a line until 11. The militia had assembled to the number of 200.–The enemy placed his troops in boats, and the cannonading begun on our side immediately. Our batteries prevented their landing until about half-past one, when they effected their purpose, under cover of a continual stream of grape and cannister shot. The militia at this time thought best to leave us. I do not think they fired a gun. The enemy was met by two companies of our troops at the landing; but his advantage was so great it became impossible to prevent his progress, and our soldiers retreated to the breast work. We now formed one line of defence, and stood our ground about 30 minutes, when the retreat was ordered by Lt. Col. Mitchell, a brave and active officer. We retreated in good order, though exposed to the brisk fire of the enemy. Our loss in killed and wounded, we have not yet ascertained; only one officer, however, was killed, Lt. BLANEY of our corps. He fought in the most gallant manner, until about the commencement of the retreat, when he was shot dead. Lt. Robb, of the Light Artillery, was wounded, but very slightly.

“A deserter has just come in, and states that the enemy landed twelve hundred men at first, and had a reserve of eight hundred ready to land. Thus you see, that although we were compelled to leave our Fort, we did it in such a manner, as we trust will be considered honorable by every person, having contested every inch of ground against a force at least four times our number, assisted by seven large vessels of war.”

From the Connecticut Spectator (Middletown, Conn.)
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