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Fort Covington in Franklin County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Covington

New York

 

— 1790 —

 
1790 Fort Covington New York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
1. 1790 Fort Covington New York Marker
Inscription.  First named French Mills in the 1790's by immigrant settlers who came from lower Canada to work in the Robertson and Buchanan Mills on the Salmon River. In 1817 it was renamed Fort Covington in honor of Brigadier General Leonard Covington, who died during the American - British War of 1812. General Covington was mortally wounded on November 11, 1813 at the battle of Chrysler's Farm in Williamsburg Ontario, Canada.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1790.
 
Location. 44° 59.304′ N, 74° 29.74′ W. Marker is in Fort Covington, New York, in Franklin County. Memorial is on Chateaugay Street (New York State Route 37) 0.1 miles east of County Route 42, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in a small public green space at the west end of the NY 37 bridge over the Salmon River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. This Memorial is Dedicated by the Town of Ft. Covington (here, next to this marker); Fort Covington, New York (within shouting distance of this marker);
1790 - Fort Covington - New York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
2. 1790 - Fort Covington - New York Marker
The Salmon River is immediately behind the marker.
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On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); War of 1812 (about 500 feet away); On This Site was Built in 1812 a Blockhouse (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); To The Memory of Westville Soldiers (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Covington.
 
Regarding Fort Covington. Brigadier General Covington was evacuated after the Battle of Crysler's Farm to French Mills where he died on November 14, 1813. Brigadier General James Wilkinson named the blockhouse at French Mills "Fort Covington," which became the name for French Mills in 1817. The town is also named Fort Covington. Reference: Everest, Allan S.,"The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley," Syracuse University Press, 1981.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Leonard Covington birthplace and Battle of Crysler's Farm 1813 markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Leonard Covington - Wikipedia
Westward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
3. Westward
County Road 42 in Background.
. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Leonard Covington - Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Battle of Crysler's Farm - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Cover of Niles' Register, Volume V, September 4, 1813 - February 26, 1814 image. Click for full size.
By Ralph Eshelman
4. Cover of Niles' Register, Volume V, September 4, 1813 - February 26, 1814
Leonard Covington Portrait image. Click for full size.
By Ralph Eshelman, May 11, 2006
5. Leonard Covington Portrait
From Niles' Register, Volume V, September 4, 1813 - February 26, 1814.
Fort Covington 200th Anniversary • 1817-2017 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 11, 2019
6. Fort Covington 200th Anniversary • 1817-2017
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on December 4, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   6. submitted on March 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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