Ogdensburg in St. Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Attack on the Village
The Attack On The Village
Colonel "Red George” McDonnell had not reckoned with the gallantry of Ogdensburgh's militia when he led his forces into the village. While a separate force attacked Forsyth's forces on Lighthouse Point, McDonnell and his 500 men attacked the lightly defended village.
They made quick time as they marched up from the river, up Carotine Street to Washington Street. When they reached the corner of Caroline. and Washington, they split into two groups. One group headed down Washington Street past David Parish's mansion, and then headed up State Street. The other group marched up Caroline, turning at Ford Street.
Near the corner of Ford and State Streets, some of McDonnell's men came face to face with an iron 12 pounder mounted on a wheel carriage which had been taken from Burgoyne at Saratoga. The cannon had been a trophy from the Revolutionary War. Captain Giles Kellogg of the Company of Artillery from Schoharie County commanded the cannon. Kellogg and his men had been sent to Ogdensburgh in late December to help protect and defend the of northern frontier. As the British approached, Kellogg fired his cannon, but the screw used to elevate the cannon broke after the first shot, disabling it. With his cannon useless, Kellogg and his men withdrew, heading over the bridge to join Captain Benjamin Forsyth's rifle regiment at the fort on the west side of the Oswegatchie.
All that stood between the British and Ogdensburgh's capture was St. Lawrence County Sheriff Joseph York.
Donated By Park Newspapers of St. Lawrence
Downtown Battlefield Committee
James E. Reagen, Chairman
Ken Snyder • Persis Boyesen • Francis Fitzgerald • Betty Steele • Rose Demers • Douglas McDonald • Manley Nipe • Michael Legacy
Erected by Downtown Battlefield Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 44° 41.981′ N, 75° 29.688′ W. Marker is in Ogdensburg, New York, in St. Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and State Street, on the right when traveling south on Riverside Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ogdensburg NY 13669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sheriff Joseph York’s Stand (here, next to this marker); Ogdensburgh And The War (within shouting distance of this marker); What Happened To The Patriots (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Forsyth: The Daring Commando (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); How Ogdensburgh Captured Brockville (about 400 feet away); North Country Sailors' Memorial (about 400 feet away); Attack on the Fort (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ogdensburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on July 15, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.