Winter Battle

View from the annual Battle of Ogdensburgh (AKA The Winter Battle).

The 2019 Battle of Ogdensburgh that took place on February 23rd and 24th was a huge success. The annual event commemorated the War of 1812 battle, on February 22, 1813, during which British troops at Fort Wellington marched across the ice from Prescott to attack U.S. forces and drove them out of the city.

This year’s event produced one of our biggest turn outs of re-enactors, for the military reenactment, and a record number of dancers for the English Country Dance that took place at the Sherman Inn on Saturday night. The Sherman Inn also hosted an open house from 10 to 4 on Saturday and featured a character presentation by Dallas Robinson call the “A Conversation with the Veteran of the Battle of Ogdensburg”.

A wreath laying ceremony, on Sunday morning, at Sheriff York`s grave honored one of the heroes of the Battle of Ogdensburg. His life was spared by the British Commander who sited his bravery. Sheriff York stood alone by his cannon, located at intersection of Ford and State Streets after his crew abandoned their posts or were killed during the British attack. Unfortunately, rain caused us to cancel the Sunday afternoon battle.

A big thanks to The City of Ogdensburg Police, City Recreation, Forsyth`s Rifles, the Freight House Restaurant, The Sherman Inn, National Guard, the Department of Public Works, the reenactors, and to all who made the weekend a success. We look forward to next year’s event.

Additional images of this annual even can be found under the Photo Galleries tab from the Home Page.

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