War of 1812

1822 Cumberland County deed from James Wilson and Abraham Toothaker to Seth Wilson, Yeoman of Harpswell.

Private Seth Wilson of Harpswell was charged with guarding the newly built fort at the mouth of the New Meadows River. His orders were to sink any vessels, British or otherwise, that refused to stop and report. When a local fisherman ignored the guard, Wilson fired into the fishing boat, sinking it. Thereafter all ships stopped to report.

For locations of three existing War of 1812 forts and batteries go to:

Road 1812

 

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