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Battle’s downtown debut a success

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Bringing the re-enactment of the 1813 Battle of Ogdensburgh to the streets of the city as a pretty neat idea after all.

And estimated 250 U.S. and Canadian War of 1812 re-enactors had a rapt audience of hundreds Saturday as they - American and British troops - marched and battled their way to Library Park via Franklin, Ford, State, Caroline and Washington streets.

Just like they did on Feb. 22, 1813.

“It was beautiful,” said Fort La Presentation Association President Barbara J. O’Keefe. “The re-enactors loved it on Saturday.”

So, by the way, did the children who lined the battle route.

“The looks on the kids’ faces when the soldiers marched down Ford Street.” Mrs. O’Keefe said.

The 200th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Ogdensburgh was noted and celebrated on the sides of the St. Lawrence River. In Prescott, Ontario, there were fireworks from Prescott, military drills, heritage interpreters and demonstration at Fort Wellington, Prescott.

In Ogdensburg, the activities included a 19th century medical display at Dobisky Center, flag-raising ceremony for veterans and current soldiers, and the showcase annual battle at Lighthouse Point on Sunday.

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