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Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Battle of Valcour Island

11-13 October 1776

 
 
The Battle of Valcour Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 8, 2013
1. The Battle of Valcour Island Marker
Inscription.
The Battle of Valcour Island
11-13 October 1776


In the fall of 1776 a British Naval force left Canada and embarked onto Lake Champlain in an effort to divide and conquer the rebelling thirteen colonies. Positioned off Valcour Island was a fleet of gunboats under the command of Benedict Arnold. On the morning of 11 October the two fleets began what became an intensive three-day engagement fought over more than 30 miles of Lake Champlain. At the end of the third day, the British had gained control of the strategic waterway, but with the season advancing they were forced to return to Canada for the winter. This action had a profound impact on the outcome of the Revolutionary War and winning American independence.

“The little American navy on Champlain was wiped out, but never had any force, big or small, lived to better purpose or died more gloriously, for it had saved the lake for the year.”
“That the Americans were strong enough to impose the capitulation of Saratoga was due to the year of delay secured to them by their little navy on Lake Champlain.”
Alfred Thayer Mahan, naval historian

 
Location. 44° 28.557′ N, 73° 13.295′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Vermont, in Chittenden
Lake Champlain Naval Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 8, 2013
2. Lake Champlain Naval Memorial
The marker overlooks the lake, out of sight to the left.
County. Marker is on College Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington VT 05401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lone Sailor (here, next to this marker); George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy, U.S.N. (here, next to this marker); Honor and Tradition (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Plattsburgh Bay (here, next to this marker); Lake Champlain Navy Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Celebrating Champlain (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quadricentennial Celebration (about 600 feet away); Vermont / Steamer "Vermont" (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
 
More about this marker. The marker is loacted in the Lake Champlain Naval Memorial park.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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