Sackets Harbor - Fall 1814

Sackets Harbor - Fall 1814 (HM1FMI)

Location: Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 56.824', W 76° 7.229'

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A Fortified Naval Base

— War of 1812 —

Focus On Defense

Before the War of 1812 Sackets Harbor had no defenses. By the fall of 1814, the combined efforts of the Army, Navy, Marines, and militia had created one of the most heavily fortified sites in North America.

Land Defenses

Built to protect the village and Navy Yard from a British raiding party that might land some distance away and proceed along the lake shore or through the woods to the village.

Arming the Forts


A mortar fired an explosive shell at a steep angle to land inside an enemy's fort or onto the deck of a ship.


Carronades were short-range weapons firing 12 to 68 pound solid iron balls, shotgun-like grape, or canister shot for use against enemy troops.


Weighing up to 6,500 pounds, fortress cannon fired 9 to 32 pound solid iron balls to an effective range of about a mile. Cannon often fired balls heated red hot to set ships on fire.

Water Defenses

Built to keep British warships from directly attacking the village or entering Black River Bay.

Placed ByGreat Lakes Seaway Trail
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 11:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 410086 N 4866603
Decimal Degrees43.94706667, -76.12048333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 56.824', W 76° 7.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 56' 49.44" N, 76° 7' 13.74" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Ambrose St, Sackets Harbor NY 13685, US
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