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Return of the killed and wounded

The Battle of Plattsburg
September 11, 1814

By James P. Millard

 

 

 

 

 


Grave marker-Riverside Cemetery, Plattsburgh, NY
Photo by the author

The men listed below, those who perished in battle, do not have a marker such as you see here, photographed in Plattsburgh, New York's Riverside Cemetery. Their graves remain to this day unmarked, somewhere on lonely Crab Island in Cumberland Bay. They, together with their antagonists from the British fleet, lie together in a mass grave, the only monument to their existence, a marble obelisk on the western shore of the island.

The oval plaque you see at left reads:
"At the Battle of Plattsburgh, Sept. 11, 1814,
HE FOUGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY IN THE WAR OF 1812"

To us here at America's Historic Lakes, it seems fitting to have this marker featured on this page. We hope you agree...

Click HERE to listen to Tom Ventiquattro and Dan Wills' wonderful recording of Dear Lucy- a love song about the Battle of Plattsburgh. As Tom writes- "Let us imagine that Commodore Macdonough wrote a love letter to his wife...immediately after the Battle of Plattsburgh... with the shock of cannon fire still ringing in his ears..." The song is reproduced courtesy of and Copyright © 2005 Newbraugh Brothers Music .* Learn more about the artist here.

Note: the music file is in Windows Media Format (.wma) and slightly over 600k in size. Users with slower connections may have to wait for a portion of the song to download before they hear anything.
(Users of browsers other than Internet Explorer may not be able to play the song).


Return of killed and wounded on board the United States squadron on Lake Champlain, in the engagement with the British fleet, on the 11th of September, 1814.*1

 
 

Ship SARATOGA

   

Killed

Wounded
Peter Gamble Lieutenant James M. Baldwin Acting Midshipman
Thomas Butler Quarter Gunner Joseph Baron Pilot
James Norberry Boatswain's Mate Robert Gary Quarter Gunner
Abraham Davis Quartermaster George Cassin Quartermaster
William Wyer Sailmaker John Hollingsworth Seaman
William Brickell Seaman Purnall Smith Seaman
Peter Johnson Seaman Thomas Robinson Seaman
John Coleman Seaman John Ottiwell Seaman
Benjamin Burrill Ordinary Seaman John Thompson Ordinary Seaman
Andrew Parmlee Ordinary Seaman William Tabee Ordinary Seaman
Peter Post Seaman William Williams Ordinary Seaman
David Bennett Seaman John Roberson Seaman
Ebenezer Johnson Seaman John Towns Landsman
Joseph Couch Landsman John Shays Seaman
Thomas Stephens Seaman John S. Hammond Seaman
John White Ordinary Seaman James Barlow Seaman
Randall McDonald Ordinary Seaman James Nagle Ordinary Seaman
Samuel Smith Seaman John Lanman Seaman
Thomas Maloney Ordinary Seaman Peter Colberg Seaman
Andrew Nelson Seaman William Newton Ordinary Seaman
John Sellack Seaman Neil J. Heidmont Seaman
Peter Hanson Seaman James Steward Seaman
Jacob Laraway  Seaman John Adams Landsman
Edward Moore Seaman Charles Ratche Seaman
Jerome Williams Ordinary Seaman Benjamin Jackson Marine
James Carlisle Marine Jesse Vanhorn Marine
John Smart Seaman Joseph Ketter Marine
Samuel Pearson Marine


 

To learn more about Crab Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh,
we recommend:
The Secrets of Crab Island


Brig EAGLE

Killed

Wounded

Peter Vandermere Master's Mate Joseph Smith  Lieutenant
Jno. Ribero Seaman William A. Spencer Acting Lieutenant
Jacob Lindman Seaman Francis Breeze  Master's Mate
Perkins Moore Ordinary Seaman Abraham Waters Pilot
James Winship Ordinary Seaman William C. Allen  Quartermaster
Thomas Anwright Ordinary Seaman James Duick Quarter Gunner
Nace Wilson Ordinary Seaman Andrew McEwen Seaman
Thomas Lewis Boy Zebediah Concklin Seaman
John Wallace  Marine Joseph Valentine Seaman
Joseph Heaton Marine John Hartley Seaman
Robert Stratton Marine John Miclin Seaman
James M. Hale Musician Robert Buckley Seaman
John Wood Musician Purnell Boice Ordinary Seaman
Aaron Fitzgerald Boy
John N. Craig Seaman
John McKenney Seaman
Matthew Scriver Marine
George Mainwaring Marine
Henry Jones Marine
John McCarty Marine

Schooner TICONDEROGA

Killed

Wounded

John Stansbury Lieutenant Patrick Cassin Seaman
John Fisher Boatswain's Mate Ezekiel Goud Seaman
John Atkinson Boatswain's Mate Samuel Sawyer Seaman
Henry Johnson Seaman William LeCount Seaman
Deodorick Think Marine Henry Collins Seaman
John Sharp Marine John Condon Marine

Sloop PREBLE

Killed Wounded
Rogers Carter Acting Sailingmaster There were no wounded aboard the Preble.
Joseph Rowe Boatswain's Mate


Gunboat
BORER

Killed Wounded
Arthur W. Smith Purser's Steward Ebenezer Cobb Corporal Marines
Thomas Gill Boy
James Day Marine

Gunboat CENTIPEDE

Killed Wounded
There were none killed aboard the Centipede. James Taylor Landsman

Gunboat WILMER

Killed Wounded
There were none killed aboard the Wilmer. Peter Frank Seaman
The gunboats Nettle, Allen, Viper, Burrows, Ludlow, Aylwyn and Ballard did not suffer any casualties.
       
       

*Author note: To me this is an especially important page. To some it may appear to be simply a list of long-deceased warriors. The vast majority of the men listed as killed in action on this list (all except the officers) were buried in long trenches- unmarked graves- together with their adversaries from the British fleet on Crab Island. The location of this military cemetery has long since been forgotten. There is an obelisk on the western shore of Crab Island to commemorate the importance of the island during the battle, but there is nothing to mark the hallowed ground where these men were laid to rest. If I am able to locate a list of the British combatants who are buried here, America's Historic Lakes will list their names. [jpm]
 

In spite of the terrible tragedies of September 11, 2001, a group of local citizens, Dan Carpenter, Roger Harwood, Steve Nye, Frank Pabst, Dan Rock, Bill Rowe, and John Tomkins, were able to transport a group of veterans to Crab Island for a memorial service. This service was to honor the 149 American and British soldiers who died in the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814, and are buried on Crab Island. This is the first time this service has been held on Crab Island in many decades.

Sources:

1 U.S. Congressional Documents- Annals of Congress, 13th Congress, 3rd session, Pages 1795-1800.
Library of Congress- "American Memory- A Century of Lawmaking: 1774-1873."

*'Dear Lucy' By Thomas Ventiquattro II (Tom 24) Published by permission.
© 2005 by Newbraugh Brothers Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
Samples of recordings and more information about Tom and Dan can be found at http://www.cdbaby.com/ventiquattro .

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