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Plattsburgh in Clinton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Plattsburgh Bay

 
 
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By Joe Harness, July 17, 2011
1. Battle of Plattsburgh Bay Marker
Inscription. Throughout the War of 1812, British forces targeted Lake Champlain as an invasion route. United States Navy Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough was able to confine them in the Richelieu River of Quebec throughout the summer of 1813. American shipbuilders spent the following winter, spring and summer feverishly building a United States Naval war fleet in Vergennes, Vermont.

Macdonough's fleet was built none too soon as American General Alexander Macomb faced reinforced British forces gathering for a land invasion of Plattsburgh. On the morning of September 11, 1814, British Captain George Downie brought his warships around Cumberland Head to aid in the invasion and found Macdonough's warships already anchored upwind in the bay. The ensuing battle took place in close quarters which gave Macdonough's carronade-equipped vessels an advantage over the British ships' heavier guns.

The Battle lasted about two and a half hours and cost the lives of 143 men who were buried on nearby Crab Island. Its decisive outcome effectively ended the war.
 
Erected by Lake Champlain Historic Landings Heritage Trail, Lake Champlain Basin Program.
 
Location. 44° 41.615′ N, 73° 26.755′ W. Marker is in Plattsburgh, New York, in Clinton

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By Joe Harness, July 17, 2011
2. Battle of Plattsburgh Bay Story
County. Marker can be reached from Hamilton Street just from Club Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plattsburgh NY 12901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zephaniah Platt Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Chapel (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Officers' Mess Plattsburgh Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Brown (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Fort Brown (approx. half a mile away); MacDonough Monument (approx. half a mile away); Headquarters (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plattsburgh.
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2011, by Joe Harness of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Joe Harness of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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