Maj. McLane Bridge Lake Como Spillway
Major Allen McLane of the village of Duck Creek Crossroads, now known as Smyrna, Delaware, was one of Delaware's most significant heroes of the American Revolution.
McLane volunteered for service in Virginia at the start of the revolution, and in 1775, became a Lieutenant in a Kent County Militia regiment under General Caesar Rodney. He then transferred to the Continental Army under General George Washington near New York City in 1776.
McLane distinguished himself at the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, Trenton and Princeton. He continued to distinguish himself throughout the remainder of the war with meritorious service ranging from conventional battles to diplomatic services of crucial importance.
General Washington sent McLane to Jamaica as a special envoy to French Admiral Comte de Grasse, and convinced him to send the French fleet to the Chesapeake Bay to help defeat the British army under General Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown, a decisive Franco-American victory in the American Revolutionary War.
Erected 2012 by Town of Smyrna, Delaware.
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Location. 39° 17.798′ N, 75° 36.015′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Delaware, in Kent County. Memorial is on South Main Street close to South Dupont Boulevard (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 244 S Main St, Smyrna DE 19977, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pearl Harbor Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Duck Creek Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away); Commodore Jacob Jones (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas D. Clayton School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smyrna Opera House and Old Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); School District No. 5 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
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