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

The Landing Area

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
1. The Landing Area Marker
Inscription. The American garrison had ample warning of the British attack. Before dawn, British and Canadian forces had landed on Horse Island and had pushed the American troops back to the opposite shore despite fire coming from Fort Tompkins, the Albany Volunteers, and the militia.

Once ashore, the British formed two wings. One advanced with fixed bayonets moving parallel to the shore toward the navy yard. A second moved to screen their right and to flank the village. Although the British pushed the majority of the militia into flight, other militiamen regrouped in a planned pullback and took up defensive positions behind fallen trees. Here, they stood firm in line with the regulars waiting to counter the British advance.

"The British had a landing strength of 870 men, 37 natives, and 2 cannon supported by 6 ships containing 700 men and 98 cannon. The Americans had 840 U.S. regulars, a 250-member elite unit of Albany Volunteers, and 550 local militia supported by 3 ships and shore batteries totaling 150 men and 13 cannon."

Horse Island
Horse Island, privately owned today, was farmed until the 1930s. Summer homes and farmland now occupy the area across from the island, where the American militia once stood ready to repel the British landing in 1813. The U.S. Lighthouse Service built a lighthouse
The Landing Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
2. The Landing Area Marker
View of British reenactors, illustrations of British uniforms from the 100th Regiment, and some of the text, all being displayed on this historical marker.
on the island in 1831. The present brick lighthouse replaced it in 1870.
 
Erected by the State of New York. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 43° 56.774′ N, 76° 7.794′ W. Marker is in Sackets Habor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street east of Ontario Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located in Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, along the walking path that leads from the battlefield to the site of Fort Kentucky where the British assault on the defenses of Sackets Harbor began. 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. The British Observation Point (within shouting distance of this marker); British Attack on Sackets Harbor (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (about 500 feet away); Fort Kentucky (about 500 feet away); The British Advance is Halted (about 600 feet away); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (approx. mile away); Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This historical
The Landing Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
3. The Landing Area Marker
A close-up view of the map of Sackets Harbor, showing the initial movement of the British forces when they launched their attack from Horse Island.
marker is located at the extreme southwestern end of the Battlefield Park's walking path, where the path loops around what had been the site of Fort Kentucky.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The Landing Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
4. The Landing Area Marker
View of the historical marker, looking southwest along the park's walking trail.
The Landing Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
5. The Landing Area Marker
A distant view of the historical marker, looking southwest along the park's walking trail.
The Landing Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
6. The Landing Area Marker
A distant view of the historical marker, at the extreme southwestern end of the park's walking trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 23 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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