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

The British Observation Point

 
 
The British Observation Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
1. The British Observation Point Marker
Inscription. The leading British officers halted on a hill just west of here to inspect the American defenses, rest their men, and issue fresh ammunition for the third and final assault on the thinly held American line.

As the British advanced on the navy yard, they captured the Albany Volunteers' field artillery. Their lack of an artillery crew on shore, however, prevented the British from taking the American fort and blockhouses. There was general firing along the line as British troops collided with the American dragoons. The Americans fought for every yard, falling back slowly toward toward Fort Tompkins and the navy yard.

Farming and Cottages
Since the War of 1812, the battlefield at Sackets Harbor has been used as farmland, has served as a tank farm, and has been divided into residential building lots.
 
Erected by the State of New York. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 43° 56.806′ N, 76° 7.761′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street east of Ontario Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Park, along the walking path that leads from the battlefield to
The British Observation Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
2. The British Observation Point Marker
A close-up view of the map of Sackets Harbor, showing the location of the British Observation Point.
the site of Fort Kentucky where the British assault on the defenses of Sackets Harbor began. 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. British Attack on Sackets Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landing Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Kentucky (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The British Advance is Halted (about 400 feet away); American Dragoon Commander Wounded (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
The British Observation Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
3. The British Observation Point Marker
A close-up view of the illustration of a blockhouse, that was still standing in the village of Sackets Harbor as late as 1855, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The British Observation Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
4. The British Observation Point Marker
View of the historical marker, looking northeast along the park's walking trail.
The British Observation Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 10, 2014
5. The British Observation Point Marker
A distant view of the historical marker, looking northeast along the park's walking trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 2, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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