Macdonough's fleet was built none too soon as American General Alexander Macomb faced reinforced British forces gathering for a land invasion of Plattsburgh. On the morning of September 11, 1814, British Captain George Downie brought his warships around Cumberland Head to aid in the invasion and found Macdonough's warships already anchored upwind in the bay. The ensuing battle took place in close quarters which gave Macdonough's carronade-equipped vessels an advantage over the British ships' heavier guns.
The Battle lasted about two and a half hours and cost the lives of 143 men who were buried on nearby Crab Island. Its decisive outcome effectively ended the war.
|Placed By||Lake Champlain Historic Landings Heritage Trail, Lake Champlain Basin Program|
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|Date Added||Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 2:30pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 623136 N 4950086|
|Decimal Degrees||44.69358333, -73.44591667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 41.615', W 73° 26.755'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 41' 36.90" N, 73° 26' 45.30" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 43 Hamilton St, Plattsburgh NY 12901, US|
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