2020 Battle of Ogdensburg Reenactment
Cannon and musket fire will mark the Battle of Ogdensburg Reenactment on February 22-23, 2020 at the former site of Fort De La Peesentation in Ogdensburg, New York. Sponsored by Forsythe’s Rifles, Prescott and Ogdensburg will commemorate the War of 1812 Battle of Ogdensburg with activities in both communities over the weekend. This will be an expanded re-enactment, as thrilling as the original battle, only safer. On Saturday afternoon, the Battle of Ogdensburg Reenactment will take place along the streets, following a similar route of the Anglo-Canadian army in 1813 as it fought toward the fort on Lighthouse Point.
Battle of Ogdensburg Reenactment
Watch as the British once again charge down the streets of Ogdensburg as militia and regular soldiers commanded by Major Benjamin Forsyth stage their last and ultimately failed attempt to repel the redcoats from the city.
Wearing full winter gear and braving the bitter cold, the 7/60th will participate in the annual Battle of Ogdensburg Reenactment event by fighting on the same ground contested two centuries ago. For two nights the group will be quartered in the barracks at Fort Wellington National Historic Site in Prescott, Ontario, and will cross the St. Lawrence River (albeit by car and bridge) during the days to participate in the battles.
The first battle reenactment will be held in the streets of downtown Ogdensburg with a special emphasis on the last stand of St. Lawrence County Sheriff Joseph York, a member of the local militia who attempted to single-handedly repel the British at the intersection of State and Ford streets. When the British spotted Mr. York alone in the streets, their officers commanded the soldiers not to fire. Regarding him as “too brave to kill,” the British captured him instead. The rest of the militia was either killed, captured or melted back into the community.
On Sunday the action will move to Lighthouse Point, where a fierce battle was fought that forced troops commanded by Major Forsyth to retreat to Sackets Harbor. The battle at Lighthouse Point saw hundreds of British soldiers cross the frozen St. Lawrence River from Prescott, Ontario, to surround the Americans.
Besides the battles there will be a number of other activities for children and adults during the reenactment.
Saturday – The return of the invasion of the British to Ogdensburg in 1813.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Open house at the AmVets Lodge, 215 Ford Street featuring historical displays, lectures, and refreshments.
11:00 am War of 1812 presentation
1:30 pm – Battle Reenactment: Downtown Ogdensburg will once again erupt with musket and cannon fire at the reenactment of the Battle of Ogdensburg on the very places it was fought 200+ years ago.
3:00 pm – English country dance demonstration at the National Guard Armory.
7:30 pm – If you enjoyed the demonstration get into the action at the, English country dance Winter Ball at the Am-Vets on Ford Street.
10:30 am – Wreath laying at Ogdensburg cemetery.
1:30 pm – Battle Reenactment: Conclusive reenactment of the Battle of Ogdensburg at Van Reselaer Point (Lighthouse Point) the former site of Fort De La Peesentation, also known as Fort Oswegatchie.
Fort de La Présentation
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Ogdensburg, NY 13669
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About the Battle of Ogdensburg
On 22 February 1813 the British garrison of Prescott, Upper Canada launched a surprise assault across the frozen St. Lawrence River against the opposite American post at Ogdensburg, New York. Catching the Americans unprepared by first pretending to drill upon the ice (a frequent practice in winter), the mixed force of British regulars and Canadian militia achieved a decisive victory, eliminating the American military presence in the town and the threat they posed to the British supply route along the St. Lawrence since the beginning of the War of 1812.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle of Ogdensburg Reenactment in Ogdensburg, New York.
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