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Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The British Withdrawal

 
 
The British Withdrawal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
1. The British Withdrawal Marker
Inscription. As the fighting continued around the barracks, the British flanking column fought its way through the village and past the navy yard to the palisades surrounding Fort Tompkins, blocking the Americans' planned route of retreat to Fort Volunteer.

However, a column of American reinforcements observed on the right flank of the British caused them to retreat with their wounded to the landing area. The Americans fired on the retreating British from Fort Tompkins. Unable to defend themselves from the grapeshot and wild rumors spreading through their ranks, the British broke and ran to their boats. The Americans did not follow.

Sackets Summer Colony


Before the War of 1812, the landscape around the village of Sackets Harbor was heavily forested. However, its trees were cut down to build ships and supply firewood to the navy. Some of the land was developed for agriculture and for the village's expansion west toward Horse Island. A peaceful community of summer cottages now dots the land that once witnessed the British advance from Horse Island.
 
Erected by the State of New York. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 43° 56.976′ N, 76° 7.485′ W. Marker is in Sackets
The British Withdrawal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
2. The British Withdrawal Marker
View of the historical marker with the Sackets Harbor Battlefield in the background.
Harbor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street east of Ontario Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located along the walking trail in Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, at the northeastern corner of the park. Marker is in this post office area: Sackets Harbor NY 13685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Tompkins (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Tompkins (within shouting distance of this marker); 1913 Centennial Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (about 500 feet away); Fight for the Cantonment Area (about 500 feet away); Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (about 500 feet away); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (about 600 feet away); Union Hotel (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The British Withdrawal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
3. The British Withdrawal Marker
A close-up view of the map of Sackets Harbor that is displayed on the historical marker.
The British Withdrawal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
4. The British Withdrawal Marker
A close-up view of the battlefield map, showing the course of the British withdrawal from the battlefield.
The British Withdrawal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
5. The British Withdrawal Marker
View of the historical marker looking westward.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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