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Robert Sullivan <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:05:07 -0500
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> On page 368 of Benson Lossing’s Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812,
> regarding the first battle of Sackets Harbor, he mentions a 32-pounder which
> “had been lying near the shore, partly embedded in the mud for some time,
> and from the circumstance had acquired the name of The Old Sow.” The rest of
> his account confirms the story from Steve Benson. Lossing’s book is not a
> primary source, but he is a very good early secondary source. His original
> book published in 1869 is based on primary sources he found and many oral
> histories he solicited from survivors of the war. This story comes from
> Lossing’s interview with the widow of Captain William Vaughan, a Navy
> sailing master and lake pilot who assisted LT Woolsey at the time of the
> battle.  It was apparently Vaughan who commanded the 32-pounder in action
> from the shore.

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Bob Sullivan
Schenectady Digital History Archive
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library