Orleans DAR hosts public presentation on War of 1812 heroine Betsy Doyle

The Daily News

Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ALBION — The Orleans Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to a presentation by Niagara County Historian Catherine Emerson at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Orleans Chapter House, 249 North Main St., Albion.

To commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, Emerson will present a program on Betsy Doyle and her heroic defense of Fort Niagara in 1812-1813.

Betsy Doyle is known for hauling red-hot cannonballs to gunners at Ft. Niagara during the November 1812 battle against the British who were located on the other side of the Niagara River at Ft. George.

What wasn’t known until recently was what happened to Doyle after Ft. Niagara was captured by the British in 1813.

Emerson will share the remarkable story of Doyle’s heroism as well as recently discovered evidence of Doyle’s escape following the fall of Ft. Niagara and her 310-mile trek across the state with her four children in the dead of winter to an army camp south of Albany.

The program is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, visitors are invited to tour the historic Orleans Chapter house, which has been named to the National Registry of Historic Places.

To learn more about the DAR, please visit the national website or state website for information: http://www.dar.org/ or http://www.nydar.org/. For membership inquiries please email: OrleansDAR@yahoo.com.

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