State buys is­land at site of War of 1812 battle

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

SACKETS HAR­BOR, N.Y. (AP) >> New York state has ac­quired an is­land off Lake On­tario’s east­ern shore that was the scene of a War of 1812 battle be­tween Bri­tish and Amer­i­can forces.

The Of­fice of Parks, Re­cre­ation and His­toric Preser­va­tion re­cently an­nounced that it has pur­chased 24acre Horse Is­land, lo­cated off the vil­lage of Sackets Har­bor, 60 miles (96 kilo­me­ters) north of Syra­cuse.

The is­land will be­come part of Sackets Har­bor Bat­tle­field State His­toric Site in Jef­fer­son County.

Af­ter war broke out be­tween the U.S. and Great Bri­tain in June 1812, Sackets Har­bor be­came a key Amer­i­can mil­i­tary base. When Bri­tish and Cana­dian forces at­tacked the ship­yard there in May 1813, they ini­tially as­saulted Horse Is­land.

Most of the nearly $820,000 pur­chase price was pro­vided through a fed­eral grant pro­cured by the Amer­i­can Bat­tle­field Trust.

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