Fort Covington in Franklin County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown
was headquarters of
General Jacob Brown
American Army officer
during winter of 1813-14
in War of 1812
Erected 1939 by New York State Education Department.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 44° 59.341′ N, 74° 29.674′ W. Marker is in Fort Covington, New York, in Franklin County. Memorial is at the intersection of Chateaugay Street (New York State Route 37) and Water Street, on the right when traveling west on Chateaugay Street. Marker is near the east end of the NY 37 bridge over the Salmon River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Water Street, Fort Covington NY 12937, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Covington, New York (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Memorial is Dedicated by the Town of Ft. Covington (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Covington (about 400 feet away); On This Site was Built in 1812 a Blockhouse (approx. Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); To The Memory of Westville Soldiers (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Covington.
More about this marker. The words "On" and "Site" were evidently added to the first line of text on the marker because they do not have raised letters. Fort Covington was known as French Mills prior to 1817.
Regarding On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown. Soldiers wintered in French Mills after their retreat from the Battle of Crysler's Farm. General Brown marched 2,000 to Sackett's Harbor in February 1814 after Secretary of War Armstrong ordered French Mills abandoned. Huts, stores of supplies, and small boats were destroyed. The British raided Constable, Chateaugay and Malone very soon after French Mills was abandoned. Reference: Everest, Allan S.,"The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley," Syracuse University Press, 1981.
Also see . . . Jacob Brown. (Submitted on November 27, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Additional keywords. French Mills Frenchs Mills French's Mills
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 6. submitted on July 2, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.