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Return of the killed and wounded
The Battle of Plattsburg
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:
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.
|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|
To learn more about
Crab Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh,
|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|
|Rogers Carter||Acting Sailingmaster||There were no wounded aboard the Preble.|
|Joseph Rowe||Boatswain's Mate|
|Arthur W. Smith||Purser's Steward||Ebenezer Cobb||Corporal Marines|
|There were none killed aboard the Centipede.||James Taylor||Landsman|
|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
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.
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.
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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