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

Fort Pike

Defending the Harbor

 
 
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
1. Fort Pike Marker
Inscription.
General Pike's Death
This fort was named after General Zebulon Pike, who launched his forces from here to attack York (Toronto). Though the Americans won the battle, General Pike was killed by debris from an exploding magazine. His remains were returned to Sackets Harbor for burial.

Fort Pike was designed to fortify the earlier Fort Volunteer, hastily built in 1812 to defend Sackets Harbor. Its strategic location controlled access to the harbor and was planned as the final refuge from a successful British attack. These fortifications became the nucleus of Madison Barracks, an important 19th century army base.

Caught in a Crossfire
Any vessel trying to enter the inner harbor would be caught in a crossfire between the cannons at Fort Pike and Fort Tompkins.

Sackets Harbor was a chief shipbuilding center, U.S. Navy headquarters, battle site and important army garrison during and after the War of 1812.
 
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
 
Location. 43° 57.112′ N, 76° 6.777′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
2. Fort Pike Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the death of General Pike, and the text on the illustration indicating that the fort was named in honor of general Pike.
County. Marker is at the intersection of Pike Road and Backus Road, on the right when traveling west on Pike Road. Click for map. This marker is located to the east of the downtown area of Sackets Harbor, near the lake, in an area referred to as the Madison Barracks. The marker is situated at the western end of the earthworks that were formerly part of the original old Fort Pike. 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 Pike (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812, Burial Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812, Burial Ground Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Our Comrades (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Chauncey (approx. half a mile away); Sackets Harbor - Fall 1814 (approx. half a mile away); Sackets Harbor Shipbuilding (approx. half a mile away); Sackets Harbor (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
3. Fort Pike Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the plan view of Fort Pike.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
4. Fort Pike Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the designed defensive crossfire between Fort Pike and Fort Tompkins.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
5. Fort Pike Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing a section through a simple fortification.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
6. Fort Pike Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the front view through a cannon embrasure.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
7. Fort Pike Marker
View of the marker at the extreme eastern end of the old fort's earthworks, with a view of the lake and parts of the Madison Barracks in the background.
Fort Pike Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
8. Fort Pike Park Marker
View of the related marker that is just to the left of the Fort Pike marker.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
9. Fort Pike Marker
View of the marker at the extreme eastern end of the old fort's earthworks.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
10. Fort Pike Marker
View of the marker looking westward, along the inner length of the original Fort Pike earthworks.
Fort Pike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
11. Fort Pike Marker
A distant view of the marker looking eastward along the inner length of the original Fort Pike earthworks.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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