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January 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 26, 2013

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TO THE EDITOR: The new year brings us fully into the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the national spotlight.

“Murray’s Raid” of 200 summers ago caused destruction in Plattsburgh and a cancellation of worship Sunday, Aug. 1,1813, for Presbyterians, according to church records.

Zebulon Pike’s empty U.S. Army cantonment was completely burned in that raid, its site lost to history. But recently, Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s Keith Herkalo has done the research leading to archaeological identification of its location and its future monumentation.

Now BOPA, Presbyterians and others determined to preserve our history are joining to restore the sadly deteriorating 1838 gravesite of Rev. Frederick Halsey in Riverside Cemetery.

Halsey came here in 1795 to be the first resident pastor of this first church; he started the first school in a building near his house; and he became chaplain to the 8th Regiment of Militia under his neighbor, Col. Thomas Miller. His house stands just west of the monument to a bloody Sept 5, 1814, skirmish with the advancing British army. His grave is close to that of George Downie, commander of the defeated British navy on that historic Sept. 11th.

The National Society of DAR is offering matching grants to which we are applying. We must raise $2,500 by Feb. 1 to match the DAR’s $2,500 for the $5,000 repair cost and are asking for your timely contribution to this cause.

Checks can be made out to Battle of Plattsburgh Association, with the note “for Halsey gravesite,” and mailed or taken to BOPA, 34 Washington Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12903.

Phone 566-1814 to use VISA, Mastercard or Discover credit cards.

JIM BAILEY

Former city historian

Plattsburgh

 

Re-examining education

TO THE EDITOR: There was a story about Commissioner King’s visit to the North Country and the story made it clear that he was pleased with what he saw at schools.

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