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City of Plattsburgh
itself was the scene of pitched battles during the War of 1812. The area now
known as downtown was the site of some of the heaviest fighting as the
British attempted to cross the bridges on the Saranac River. Pictured below
are some of the historical treasures in the city.
-1- Macdonough Monument
-32- Farnsworth's Tavern- tradition has the British left wing firing upon this building as they passed
-33-,-33a-* The Isaac Platt home, headquarters of Maj. General Robinson. The British wounded at Halsey's Corners were brought here
-34- Monument at the site of the engagement at Halsey's Corners.
-35- Gravesite of Gamaliel McCreedy, Battle of Plattsburgh veteran, Riverside Cemetery
-36-,-37- Site of Fort Moreau, largest of Macomb's works at Plattsburgh. On the green at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base
-38- Pathway of the British, September 6, 1814
-39-,-39a-* Militia Col. Thomas Miller's home, occupied by the British Sept. 6-11, 1814
-40-* Charles Dunham house, the British used the basement of this home as a hospital during the Battle of Plattsburgh. Now the home of the Clinton County Historical Museum
-41-* The basement entrance to the Charles Dunham house, wounded British soldiers were taken in through this entrance
-42-,-43- The British Flagship Confiance had her anchor shot away during the Battle in Cumberland Bay. You can see the enormous anchor on display in City Hall
-44-*,-45- General Benjamin Moorers home. This was the headquarters of the American Army during the Battle of Plattsburg.
Except where noted: All photos by the author, see copyright notice
General Benjamin Moorers home. Headquarters of Gen. Alexander Macomb during the Battle of Plattsburgh. Photo at left is of cannonball that entered house through the open front door and lodged in a rear wall. Historical images from The Centenary of The Battle of Plattsburgh: (1914) Courtesy of the Floyd Harwood Collection.
* Reproduced from The Centenary of The Battle of Plattsburg. 1914. (Albany, NY: The University of the State of New York) Courtesy of the Floyd Harwood Collection
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