Schuylerville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
USS Saratoga: Turning point in America’s second war with England
After the American victory in 1777, the name Saratoga became linked to a developing shared American identity. The second war ship christened the U.S.S. Saratoga was a 26-gun corvette built in the spring of 1814 on Lake Champlain for use against the British during the War of 1812. In 1814, the British planned to invade the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor from Canada. The U.S.S. Saratoga controlled the invasion route until the British launched the 37-gun frigate H.M.S. Confiance in late August 1814. Within days, the British staged a land and water invasion into New York.
On September 11, 1814, the British and American forces clashed at the Battle of Plattsburgh. The naval engagement settled the battle, with the U.S.S. Saratoga capturing the 16-gun brig, H.M.S. Linnet and the H.M.S. Confiance. The fledgling United States Navy defeated the world’s strongest naval power on Lake Champlain! The Battle of Plattsburgh was one of the most decisive battles in American History. Once again, the name Saratoga was connected with the turning point of a war with the British Empire.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schuylerville NY 12871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. British Artillery Park (a few steps from this marker); Site Of Camp of General Burgoyne (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp of General Burgoyne (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Continental Barracks (about 500 feet away); The Surrender Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1755 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Hardy (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schuylerville.
More about this marker. A map of the Champlain Valley appears on the left side of the marker. A picture of M’Donough’s Victory on Lake Champlain by Nathaniel Currier, c. 1846, appears at the center of the marker. It has a caption of “This print shows the U.S.S. Saratoga between two British ships during the Battle of Plattsburgh. This Nathaniel Currier print was one of 7,000 prints done by his company depicting American life and historic events”. Next to this is “Macdonough’s victory on Lake Champlain and defeat of the British Army at Plattsburgh by Genl. Macomb, Sept. 17th 1814 painted by H. Reinagle; engraved by B. Tanner, courtesy of the Library of Congress”. The caption reads “Macdonough’s victory in Cumberland Bay left the United States unchallenged on Lake Champlain and forced the British to retreat to Canada. The victory weakened the British position in peace negotiations at Ghent (in modern day Belgium) and enabled American commissioners to secure a favorable treaty ending the war. The victory also helped to restore American morale after the burning of Washington, D.C. by British forces three weeks earlier.” At the bottom of the marker is the painting of the “Surrender of Burgoyne by John Trumbull, 1821 from the US Capitol Rotunda, courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.” The caption says “Since 1777, the American victory at Saratoga inspired the naming of six naval vessels named U.S.S. Saratoga and one U.S. Army transport ship.” A final painting, “Battle of Plattsburg” includes the caption “The Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814 ended the final invasion of the northern states by the British Empire in the War of 1812.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on September 2, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on September 2, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.