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Fort Covington in Franklin County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown

 
 
On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
1. On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown Marker
Inscription.
On this building site
was the headquarters of
General Jacob Brown
American Army officer
during winter of 1813-14
in War of 1812

 
Erected 1939 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 44° 59.341′ N, 74° 29.674′ W. Marker is in Fort Covington, New York, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Chateaugay Street (New York State Route 37) and Water Street, on the right when traveling west on Chateaugay Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the east end of the NY 37 bridge over the Salmon River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Water Street, Fort Covington NY 12937, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Covington, New York (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Memorial is Dedicated by the Town of Ft. Covington (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Covington (about 400 feet away); On This Site was Built in 1812 a Blockhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named War of 1812
Westward on NY 37 image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
2. Westward on NY 37
Bridge is over the Salmon River.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); To The Memory of Westville Soldiers (approx. 4.2 miles away); In Honor of Those Who Served Our Country (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Covington.
 
More about this marker. The words "On" and "Site" were evidently added to the first line of text on the marker because they do not have raised letters. Fort Covington was known as French Mills prior to 1817.
 
Regarding On This Building Site was Headquarters of General Jacob Brown. Soldiers wintered in French Mills after their retreat from the Battle of Crysler's Farm. General Brown marched 2,000 to Sackett's Harbor in February 1814 after Secretary of War Armstrong ordered French Mills abandoned. Huts, stores of supplies, and small boats were destroyed. The British raided Constable, Chateaugay and Malone very soon after French Mills was abandoned. Reference: Everest, Allan S.,"The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley," Syracuse University Press, 1981.
 
Also see . . .  Jacob Brown. (Submitted on November 27, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Additional keywords.
Eastward on NY 37 image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
3. Eastward on NY 37
French Mills Frenchs Mills French's Mills
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Site of Headquarters of General Jacob Brown image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 9, 2014
4. Site of Headquarters of General Jacob Brown
Marker is at the northwest corner of the intersection. In this view, the marker is edge-on, seen between the wood utility pole and the metal traffic signal pole.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 27, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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