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Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose.  Photo: Michael Whittaker
Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose. Photo: Michael Whittaker

When Ogdensburg was a battleground, 200 years ago

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The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated on the streets of the city this weekend. On February 22nd, 1813, hundreds of British-Canadian soldiers crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked Ogdensburg. Historical re-enactors with the group, Forsyth's Rifles, will battle the British on Ford and State Streets to commemorate the skirmish. Both sides will fire period muskets and firearms in recreating the battle.

It was a Canadian victory during the War of 1812, and an end to the American threat to trade in Upper Canada. Depending on what side of the border you lived on, the battle had its share of heroes and legends.

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A view from Ogdensburg across the mostly frozen St. Lawrence River to Prescott.  Photo:  Todd Moe

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Todd Moe
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Major MacDonnell sending the Canadians to capture Ogdensburg, in 1813 as portrayed in the Parks Canada display at Fort Wellington, Prescott, Ontario.  Photo: Parks Canada
Major MacDonnell sending the Canadians to capture Ogdensburg, in 1813 as portrayed in the Parks Canada display at Fort Wellington, Prescott, Ontario. Photo: Parks Canada

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