May 10, 2010

Bill Johnston: 6. Sacks and Burns Steamer

Since the failed attempt to attack Canada from Hickory Island in late February 1838, an uneasy peace had settled along the Thousand Islands as the bulk of the Patriot army went back to their farms for spring planting. Into that lull stepped Bill Johnston and Donald McLeod at the head of a bold raid that became Johnston's signature event—the act that earned him his pirate moniker.