African-American US Navy War of 1812 Veteran Julius Terry is set to be honored at the Lakeside Cemetery in Sackets Harbor, NY on Saturday September 29, 2018. The dedication of his new grave marker will be at 10 am, in the cemetery adjacent to Military Road.
African-Americans made up approximately twenty-five per cent of the US Navy during the War of 1812. In July 1813, Commodore Isaac Chauncey reported “nearly 50 blacks” on board his flagship the General Pike, 15% of the crew. The schooner Scourge had an all-black gun crew, roughly 20% of the ship’s crew. By autumn 1814 possibly 450 African-Americans served in the Navy at Sackets Harbor.
Local farmer Julius Terry was a member of Captain Elisha Camp’s volunteer artillery company. Terry served on the gun crew defending Sackets Harbor at the First Battle of Sackets Harbor on July 19, 1812. A period report described him as “a great favorite in the camp, served at his post with remarkable activity and courage.” Onboard the schooner Julia, he experienced a skirmish on the St. Lawrence River. After the war he and is family lived on their farm in the Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, until his death in 1851.
This event is coordinated by the National Society US Daughters 1812 New York State Society General Jacob Brown Chapter, Sackets Harbor Community Representatives, and Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
For more information call (315) 646-3634.
Photo of Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site provided.