Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Defending the Harbor
General Pike's Death
This fort was named after General Zebulon Pike, who launched his forces from here to attack York (Toronto). Though the Americans won the battle, General Pike was killed by debris from an exploding magazine. His remains were returned to Sackets Harbor for burial.
Fort Pike was designed to fortify the earlier Fort Volunteer, hastily built in 1812 to defend Sackets Harbor. Its strategic location controlled access to the harbor and was planned as the final refuge from a successful British attack. These fortifications became the nucleus of Madison Barracks, an important 19th century army base.
Caught in a Crossfire
Any vessel trying to enter the inner harbor would be caught in a crossfire between the cannons at Fort Pike and Fort Tompkins.
Sackets Harbor was a chief shipbuilding center, U.S. Navy headquarters, battle site and important army garrison during and after the War of 1812.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 43° 57.112′ N, 76° 6.777′ W. Marker is in Sackets Harbor, New York, in Jefferson Touch for map. This marker is located to the east of the downtown area of Sackets Harbor, near the lake, in an area referred to as the Madison Barracks. The marker is situated at the western end of the earthworks that were formerly part of the original old Fort Pike. 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. Fort Volunteer (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Pike (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812, Burial Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812, Burial Ground Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Barracks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water Tower Observation Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of Our Comrades (approx. 0.2 miles away); Semper Fidelis (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sackets Harbor.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.