The great river fire of 1814 in Essex

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History isn't always pleasant, and there's a treasonous twist to a centuries-old tale.

In 1814, British marines burned 28 ships in the river at Essex, marking the worst naval disaster in United States History.

On this week's Hidden History, photojournalist Mike Townsend takes us back to the former town of Pettipog to explore the great fire that spawned tales of treachery.