“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

War of 1812

War of 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
1. War of 1812 Marker
Inscription.  The United States declared war on Great Britain in June of 1812. The British Navy visited the Genesee River four times during that war. Although sparsely populated, Charlotte's port trade with Canada and its stocked warehouses made it a prime target for raids. The only protection for the port was an 18 lb. cannon. The local militia leader declared:
"Do not let them come into the river, do not let them land at all...their feet shall not pollute our soil. Blood knee-deep first!"

October 1812 - Three British navy ships fire on Charlotte. William Hincher's son and son-in-law witness the event.
June 1813 - 150 troops are sent ashore at Charlotte. They imprison the locals overnight in Sam Latta's house in order to prevent them from alerting the militia. They take provisions of food, salt and whiskey. Sam Latta is the collector of customs at the port.
11 September 1813 - Sir James Yeo's fleet appears at the mouth of the river and is engaged by the American Commander, Isaac Chauncey. The battle lasts all day, but Yeo's fleet escapes to its home port of Kingston, Ontario.
14 May 1814 - During the "Battle of Charlotte," a large
Foot of Stutson Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
2. Foot of Stutson Street
Street ends at railroad tracks and the Genesee River. Marker is the closest at left on the fence.
British force is outwitted by the locals and the British are forced to retreat. In order to fool the British, the "VALIANT 33" march in and out of the woods, making it appear as though a much larger force were defending Charlotte. THE BRITISH NEVER RETURNED!

[images] "The Valiant 33". In June 1813 a British fleet under Sir James Yeo landed and seized prvosions at Charlotte. Commander Isaac Chauncey. The Sam Latta House still stands at the southwest corner of Lake Avenue and Latta Road. Sir James Yeo.
Location. 43° 14.97′ N, 77° 36.716′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Stutson Street and River Street, on the left when traveling east on Stutson Street. Marker is at the foot of Stutson Street with a large group of other markers. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Resort Area (here, next to this marker); Lighthouses (here, next to this marker); Port of the Genesee, New York (here, next to this marker); Irondequoit and its Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Stutson Street Bridge (here, next to this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (a few steps from this marker);
Northward - River Street image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 31, 2015
3. Northward - River Street
Marker at upper left, on fence. Genesee River at right.
The Village of Charlotte (a few steps from this marker); Boat Building (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
More about this marker. Today, Charlotte is a neighborhood of the City of Rochester.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 156 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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