1814There was a skirmish with the British in Sandy Bay.Government and Public Service, Military

Copy of the Boston Gazette article from September 22, 1814 Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive, Box D 34, FF 9
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During the War of 1812, Cape Ann vessels were under attack by the British, who captured their vessels and held them for ransom. One of the most famous attacks by the British occurred in September of 1814 in Sandy Bay when a British carronade fired on the Congregational Church.

Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd Bentley, William, Salem Essex institute, Joseph Gilbert Waters, Marguerite [from old catalog Dalrymple, and Alice G. [from old catalog Waters. The Diary of William Bentley, D.D., Pastor of the East Church, Salem, Massachusetts .. 4. Salem, Mass., The Essex institute, 1905. http://archive.org/details/diaryofwilliambe04bent
Cannonballs recovered from homes in Rockport during the skirmish. Courtesy of the Sandy Bay Historical Society
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