American Dragoon Commander Wounded

American Dragoon Commander Wounded (HM1FN4)

Location: Watertown, NY 13601 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 56.944', W 76° 7.622'

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Lieutenant Colonel Electus Backus, leader of the U.S. Light Dragoons, was commanding officer before General Jacob Brown assumed the post. While holding the line of defense with his dragoons from the nearby drainage ditch, Backus was wounded and removed from he field. After the battle, he was transported to Brownsville, New York, where he died eight days later. Fellow officers regarded Backus's leadership during the battle as critical to containing the british attack. Lieutenant Colonel Backus was buried in the military cemetery in Sackets Harbor.

After the war, the bodies of Colonel Backus and a number of other officers, including Zebulon Pike, were moved to the military cemetery near Madison Barracks, where this wooden monument was placed. By 1860, the monument had decayed and vanished. Illustration from Benson Lossing, A Pictorial Fieldbook of the War of 1812.

From Cantonment to Farm

Following the battle, Smith's Cantonment, an enclosed, fortified barracks for 2,500 troops, was built on a portion of this land. It was abandoned, however, with the development of Madison Barracks in 1816. The nearby well house is situated over the 1814 cantonment well.
HM NumberHM1FN4
Marker Number6
Placed ByThe State of New York
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 11:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 409563 N 4866833
Decimal Degrees43.94906667, -76.12703333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 56.944', W 76° 7.622'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 56' 56.64" N, 76° 7' 37.32" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 505 Washington St, Watertown NY 13601, US
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