Battle of Ogdensburgh re-enactment is this weekend
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:21 pm

Soldiers charge down Ford Street in the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Ogdensburgh last year. Photo by Denny Barr,

OGDENSBURG -- The annual Battle of Ogdenburgh re-enactment will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23 on the streets of the city with flintlocks and cannon fire.

The annual event commemorates the War of 1812 battle, on Feb. 22, 1813, during which British troops at Fort Wellington marched across the ice from Prescott to attack U.S. forces and drove them out of the city.

Scores of war re-enactors turn out for the Battle, which is organized by the living history group Forsyth`s Rifles.

Things get started Saturday with displays and exhibits at the Dobisky Center on Riverside Avenue from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The battle re-enactment begins at 1:30 p.m. in downtown at the corner of Riverside (Water Street) and Franklin streets. The battle will end at State and Ford streets, the site of the original battlefield.

Sunday events begin at 10:30 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at Sheriff York’s grave at the Ogdensburg Cemetery.

A battle re-enactment at Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point will cap the weekend’s events at 1:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

In 1813, British soldiers crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked Ogdensburg, which was a threat to the British supply lines during the War of 1812.

The battle resulted in the British capturing the supplies from the Fort and breaking up the militia and the 1st Rifle Regiment lead by Benjamin Forsyth.

The Fort was not re-supplied after that.

The Fort la Presentation Association is dedicated to reconstruction the historical mission Fort la Presentation near its original site.

The Association works to unite the community in support of this undertaking.

Its goals are to educate, to collect, to preserve or maintain, to develop, to research, to document, to interpret and to recreate educational and historical ventures of interest to Ogdensburg and the St. Lawrence Region.