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Historic Lake Champlain Scenic Images
Windmill Point Lighthouse,
Alburgh, Vermont on Lake Champlain
(click for map)
Here, off Windmill Point on September 3, 1776 Benedict Arnold anchored his fleet prior to the Battle of Lake Champlain.
There was a significant skirmish here with Indians allied with the British. On September 6, a landing party dispatched from the American fleet was attacked by the Indians. After a furious fight on shore, the Americans managed to flee back to their boat (the gondola Boston ) and cast off- but not before three were killed and six wounded. As the survivors furiously rowed back to the ships, a few well placed cannonballs sent the natives scurrying back into the woods.1
It was off Windmill Point that the radeau Thunderer sank in 1777 while carrying sick and wounded from the Battle of Saratoga.
Reportedly the British kept a gunboat stationed at the Point from 1783-1796.
Aerial photos courtesy of Guest Contributors Roger and Doug Harwood.
Inset photos courtesy of Guest Contributor Frank Pabst.
(The Windmill Point Lighthouse is privately-owned and is not open to the public)
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