Battle of Plattsburgh Bay
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
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. ¼ mile away); First Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Officers' Mess Plattsburgh Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Brown (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ark-c 1803 (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Fort Brown (approx. half a mile away); MacDonough Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plattsburgh.
Categories. • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
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