Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Principal American Defense
As the British pushed the Americans slowly back toward the harbor, the fort played a critical role. Its guns continued firing on the British despite the heat and smoke from the burning barracks and storehouses. Some of the Americans positioned in the fort would not be dislodged from its blockhouse and fought until the British retreated. Fort Tompkins was never taken.
The Navy Yard Builders
After the Battle of Sackets Harbor in 1813, the fort was continually improved upon to withstand expected attacks from Kingston, Upper Canada. By 1829, however, it had fallen into disrepair. Between 1847 and 1850, two brick officers quarters and service buildings were constructed by the U.S. Navy on the site of the fort. By the 1860s, the fort has been reduced to what is visible above ground today, its earthen walls graded down
Erected by the State of New York. (Marker Number 8.)
Location. 43° 57.01′ N, 76° 7.522′ W. Marker is in Sackets 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 near the northern edge of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, near the white picket fence, along the walking trail, a short distance from the Commandant's House. 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. A different marker also named Fort Tompkins (a few steps from this marker); The British Withdrawal (within shouting distance of this marker); 1913 Centennial Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fight for the Cantonment Area (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (about 400 feet away); Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (about 400 feet away); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (about 600 feet away); Union Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 •
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