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

The British Advance is Halted

For An Hour

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
1. The British Advance is Halted Marker
Inscription. Near here, members of the U.S. Army's 9th, 21st, and 23rd Infantry, along with 313 light dragoons, and the Albany Volunteers were positioned in a drainage ditch to defend the approach to fort Tompkins. They held this position for over an hour until they were ordered to retire, twice forcing the British to fall back to the edge of the forest.

"... the dragoons in particular ... fought like lions and actually gained the day. [they] were the best infantry on the line."
Jacint Laval, Major, U.S. Dragoons, to the President, 16 August, 1815.

Unfortunately, an American junior navy officer, observing the battle from Black River Bay and believing all was lost, sent a prearranged signal to the navy yard. this caused fires to be set to the American barracks and warehouses, which destroyed the supplies the British wanted to transport back to Kingston, Upper Canada.

The Hall Farm
Jesse Smith purchased a portion of the battlefield from Michael Mooney in 1832 and sold it three years later to Thomas S. Hall. A member of the hall family built the Greek Revival style house around 1835. Between 1815 and 1949, various owners operated a small dairy farm to the south of the cantonment area. The buildings that remain from this complex date between 1835 and 1907. In 1967, New
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
2. The British Advance is Halted Marker
A close-up view of the map of Sackets Harbor, showing the location of where the British were halted at the drainage ditch.
York State purchased the farm and added it to the historic site property.
 
Erected by the State of New York. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 43° 56.869′ N, 76° 7.739′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street south of Ontario Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located in Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, along the walking trail, a short walk southwest of the parking lot that is located at the end of Washington Street. 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. Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); British Attack on Sackets Harbor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Kentucky (about 300 feet away); The British Observation Point (about 400 feet away); The Landing Area (about 600 feet away); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
3. The British Advance is Halted Marker
A close-up view of the picture displayed on the historical marker showing American infantry, in white summer uniforms, reenacting the fighting near the drainage ditch.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
4. The British Advance is Halted Marker
Close-up view of the Hall Farm building and the historical marker text related to this structure.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
5. The British Advance is Halted Marker
View of the historical marker, situated along the park's walking path, at the edge of the cut field, where the tall grass begins.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
6. The British Advance is Halted Marker
View of the historical marker, looking southwest, along the walking path.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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