Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fight for the Cantonment Area
The Americans' Last Stand
Following the battle, the barracks in the cantonment were enlarged and strengthened with blockhouses, as shown in this 1814 map by Daniel Rose, an army engineer. Courtesy of the National Archives.
The 4.69 acre site upon which Smith's Cantonment once stood was recognized soon after the war of 1812 as hallowed ground. During the 1870s, the site became a popular meeting place for patriotic celebrations and village events. The monument was dedicated in 1913 as part of the celebrations marking the battle's centennial.
The cantonment site was an open field until 1905 when 100 maple trees were planted in "Fort Tompkins Park" in preparation for a celebration of the centennial of the Battle of Sackets Harbor in 1913.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Assemblyman Lewis Day at the unveiling of the battlefield monument, May 19, 1913. Courtesy of the franklin D. Roosevelt Library-Museum, Hyde Park, New York.
Erected by State of New York. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list.
Location. 43° 56.994′ N, 76° 7.592′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street east of Ontario Street. This historical marker is located near the southeastern edge of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, near the Lake Ontario shore line, along the walking trail, a short distance north the parking lot at the end of Washington Street. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); 1913 Centennial Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Tompkins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Tompkins (about 400 feet away); The British Withdrawal (about 500 feet away); Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Peace Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
More about this marker. A cantonment is a military garrison or camp. This fight, the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor, occurred on May 29th 1913.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 30, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.