Articles from November, 2012

News of the US: Week Four of November 1812

November 22:  From Salem — “A vessel arrived at Newburyport yesterday which had been captured off Cape Cod last Friday by the English privateer Liverpool packet, and released on account of her small value.–The privateer had taken eleven prizes, seven …

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Poetry in Early 19th Century Newspapers

November 21, 2012

Poetry occupied far more print lines in the early newspapers than now.  Most newspapers had a dedicated space for poetry–usually on the back page, upper left corner.  Sometimes named “Poet’s Corner,” in the Raleigh Register, the poetry column was entitled, …

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News of the US: Week Three of November 1812

November 15:  From Savannah — “On the 15th ult. the barges of the British frigate Southampton, with 70 men, were sent into Savannah river about 5 miles–boarded several vessels, but did not take any of them.  The object appeared to …

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News of the US: Week Two of November 1812

November 8:  From Albany — “On Sunday the 8th inst.  the squadron at Sacket’s Harbor, under Com Chauncey, consisting of the brig Oneida and seven schooners, mounting (in all) 44 guns, sailed, and chased into Kingston Bay the Royal George …

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How the British War Ships Were Rated

November 7, 2012

There was much controversy during the War of 1812 about how the American and British ships compared, some of the British papers insisting that the American ships carried more armament than they were built for.  One of the clearest explanations …

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