Williamson in Wayne County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Pultneyville
May 15th, 1814
Battle of Nerves
The Battle of Pultneyville was a skirmish between British forces under Commander Yeo and American Militia forces. The British periodically raided coastal communities for supplies, but the people of Pultneyville did not surrender them willingly. Prior to May 15 - Having heard of impending attack, the women, children, and supplies were moved inland to safety while General Swift and a small force of militia were sent to defend the Hamlet.
Prior to May 15 - Major William Roger's Battalion is called out to aid in defense of the settlement.
1. On the morning of May 15th a heavy fog lifts to reveal to the Americans, British warships anchored in the bay, and to the British, American troops under General Swift parading near the shore.
2. Swift's Militia takes cover and prepares for battle.
3. Samuel Ledyard, Russell Whipple, and Edward Phelps negotiate a deal to give up the stores in the warehouse in exchange for sparing the settlement.
4. British troops take the supplies but also occupy Washington Street and begin to plunder houses.
5. James Seeley emerges from the
6. Shots are exchanged, the British retreat to their ships, and take 3 prisoners, Richard White, Prescott Fairbanks, and Russell Cole. Russell escapes and swims to shore.
7. Brockway fires on ships and fire is returned from a swivel gun.
8. British ships shell the settlement. The Selby House is hit by cannon fire, but the British cease the bombardment and depart as suddenly as they appeared.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series list.
Location. 43° 16.922′ N, 77° 11.007′ W. Marker is in Williamson, New York, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Mill Street, on the right when traveling west on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamson NY 14589, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pultneyville Historic District (here, next to this marker); From the Nearby Ravine (here, next to this marker); First White Men (here, next to this marker); Site of Union Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 100 Years of Dramatics (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wreck of the St. Peter (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (approx. 0.7 miles away); Underground Railroad Terminus (approx. Ύ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamson.
Also see . . . FLTimes.com: Way back when in Wayne County: Raid on Pultneyville part of War of 1812. Try to imagine then what the Pultneyville inhabitants must have felt on May 15, 1814. Commodore Sir James Yeo was in charge of the British Lake Ontario fleet and his reputation preceded him. (Submitted on May 11, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.