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Fort Covington in Franklin County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Covington, New York

 
 
Fort Covington, New York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
1. Fort Covington, New York Marker
Actual name change was in 1817.
Inscription.
Fort Covington, New York
First called "French Mills".
In 1812 changed to its present
name in honor of Brig. Gen'l.
Leonard Covington who lost his
life in the War of 1812.

 
Erected 1975 by Fort Covington Bicentennial Commission.
 
Location. 44° 59.314′ N, 74° 29.728′ W. Marker is in Fort Covington, New York, in Franklin County. Marker is on Chateaugay Street (New York State Route 37) 0.1 miles east of County Route 42, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at the west end of the NY 37 bridge over the Salmon River in a public green space. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Covington NY 12937, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Memorial is Dedicated by the Town of Ft. Covington (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Covington (within shouting distance of this marker); On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War of 1812 (about 600 feet away); On This Site was Built in 1812 a Blockhouse
Eastward on NY 37 image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
2. Eastward on NY 37
Bridge over Salmon River behind the marker.
(about 700 feet away); a different marker also named War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); To The Memory of Westville Soldiers (approx. 4.3 miles away); In Honor of Those Who Served Our Country (approx. 4.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Covington.
 
More about this marker. Marker is incorrect insofar as the name French Mills was not changed until 1817, according to a newer adjacent marker.
 
Regarding Fort Covington, New York. Brigadier General Leonard Covington was mortally wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm in Canada and evacuated with the soldiers to French Mills where he died on November 14, 1813. Brigadier General James Wilkinson named the blockhouse at French Mills in honor of the fallen general. Reference: Everest, Allan S.,"The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley," Syracuse University Press, 1981.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Leonard Covington birthplace and Battle of Crysler's Farm 1813 markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Leonard Covington - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Westward on NY 37 image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
3. Westward on NY 37

2. Leonard Covington - Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Battle of Crysler's Farm - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
Marker and Salmon River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
4. Marker and Salmon River Bridge
Marker is left of the fir tree.
Cover of Niles' Register, Volume V, September 4, 1813 - February 26, 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Ralph Eshelman
5. Cover of Niles' Register, Volume V, September 4, 1813 - February 26, 1814
Portrait of Leonard Covington image. Click for full size.
By Ralph Eshelman, May 11, 2006
6. Portrait of Leonard Covington
From Niles' Register, Volume V, September 4, 1813 - February 26, 1814
 
 
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