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Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Madison Barracks

 
 
Madison Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 18, 2017
1. Madison Barracks Marker
Inscription.
Madison Barracks
1812 – 1946
Birthplace of Fort Drum
The first permanent U.S. military encampment in the North Country was established at Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812, to protect this valuable location.
Sackets Harbor was formally established in 1815 as a U.S. Army installation and named “Madison Barracks” for President James Madison.
Madison Barracks served as an imprtant U.S. Army garrison and training camp and was permanently occupied by the U.S. Army for 140 years. It was the premier military installation in the North Country. U.S. Grant was stationed at Madison Barracks twice, and General Mark Clark was born here in 1896. Madison Barracks trained and trained and dispatched American soldiers to the Civil War, The Spanish American War, the Philippines Insurrection of 1899-1902, World War I, & World War II.
The parade grounds at Madison Barracks had been perfectly adequate for the flintlock muskets of the War of 1812, but it was too small for the “modern” US Army. Beginning in 19.6 Colonel Philip Reade, commander of the 23rd U.S. Infantry and Madison Barracks, worked with numerous North Country community leaders to locate a new training ground. A location north of the Black River, locally known as Pine Plains, was selected. This would eventually become
Madison Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 18, 2017
2. Madison Barracks Marker
Fort Drum.
With the expansion of Pine Camp during World War II, Madison Barracks was closed as a U.S. Army Installation in 1946.
 
Location. 43° 57.14′ N, 76° 6.686′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Pike Road and Backus Road, on the right when traveling north on Pike Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sackets Harbor NY 13685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Pike (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); War of 1812, Burial Grounds (about 400 feet away); War of 1812, Burial Ground Memorial (about 500 feet away); Fort Volunteer (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Pike (about 500 feet away); Water Tower Observation Tower (about 700 feet away); In Memory of Our Comrades (about 700 feet away); Semper Fidelis (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
 
Regarding Madison Barracks. Madison Barracks and the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Barracks on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 23, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Madison Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 18, 2017
3. Madison Barracks Marker
The marker is behind the flagpole, which resembles a ship's mast from the 1812 era. The damaged cannon is a replica.

 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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