Monday, June 06, 2005

The latest gossip on the War of 1812

I ran across an interesting snippet of local history in Wikipedia's entry on Prescott, Ontario (it's interesting to me, anyway, because I grew up very close to Prescott and the American town directly across the St. Lawrence River, Ogdensburg):
Prescott was the home of the British Fort Wellington, which is now a tourist destination. During the War of 1812, troops stationed at Fort Wellington crossed the frozen river and burned Ogdensburg in retaliation for an American raid further up the river; the American citizens of Ogdensburg, who were profiting by supplying the British army with food and other necessities, drove out their own American military detachment after the raid so that they could continue doing business with the British army in Prescott.

If I'd known the people of Ogdensburg were a bunch of British collaborators, I might not have made them the target that time in high school when I crossed the bridge solely to urinate on American soil.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was you? Canadian bastard! That's it. We're invading Monday.

-Kevbo of Ogdensburg

6/11/2005 01:48:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

It's worse than you know: We ended up pissing on a church. We did pass up a veterans' memorial though, out of respect to the dead.

6/11/2005 02:02:00 AM  

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