Lunenburg in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
The Sack of Lunenburg
Le Pillage de Lunenburg
During the American Revolution many coastal settlements were harassed by enemy privateers. On the morning of 1 July 1782 approximately 100 raiders surprised and overpowered Lunenburg’s small defence force, captured the blockhouses and burned the house of the local militia colonel. The privateers then looted the settlement and held the hastily-gathered militia at bay with the threat of total destruction of the town. They escaped that evening with the plunder, prisoners and a £1000 promissory note for the town’s safety. The prisoners were later released but the ransom was never paid.
Pendant la Révolution américaine, les corsaires ennemis attaquèrent de nombreuses colonies côtiers. Le matin du 1er juillet 1782, près de 100 pillards surprirent et anéantirent la petite armée de Lunenburg, capturèrent les fortins couverts et brûlèrent le maison du colonel avant de saccager l’endroit et de tenir captive la milice locale hâtivement rassemblée en menaçant de détruire la ville. Ils s’échappèrent cette nuit-là avec le butin, les prisonniers et um billet à ordre de 1,000 livres pour la sécurité de la ville.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1782.
Location. 44° 22.667′ N, 64° 18.265′ W. Marker is in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in Lunenburg County. Marker is at the intersection of Blockhouse Hill Road and Townsend Street, on the left when traveling north on Blockhouse Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Blockhouse Hill Road, Lunenburg NS B0J, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defence of Lunenburg (here, next to this marker); Foreign Protestants & the Settlement of Lunenburg (here, next to this marker); Lunenburg’s Shipbuilding Tradition (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Rum Running (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); “…for those in peril on the sea.” (approx. half a kilometer away); Lunenburg - Home of the Bluenose & Bluenose II (approx. half a kilometer away); Lunenburg’s Fishing Industry Since 1940’s (approx. half a kilometer away); The Labrador Whaler Anderson Bros. (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lunenburg.
Also see . . . Raid on Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (1782). During the American Revolution, Nova Scotia was invaded regularly by American Revolutionary forces by land and sea. Throughout the war, American privateers devastated the maritime economy by raiding many of the coastal communities. There were constant attacks by privateers, such as the numerous raids on Liverpool (October 1776, March 1777, September 1777, May 1778, September 1780) and on Annapolis Royal (1781). (Submitted on October 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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