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The Battle of Plattsburg

September 11, 1814

Links, documents and resources

Compiled by
James P. Millard

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Commodore Thomas Macdonough, USN Commander fleet, USS Saratoga
September 11, 1814 (initial report of victory to Secretary of Navy Jones)
September 13, 1814 (detailed report to Navy Secretary Jones)

Captain Daniel Pring, RN Commander HMS Linnet
September 12, 1814 (report to Commodore Yeo, commander of Royal Navy in Canada, detailing particulars of the defeat.)

George Beale, Jr. Purser USS Saratoga
September 13, 1814 (report to Commodore Macdonough with details of dead and wounded, both fleets.)

General Alexander Macomb, Commander US Army 

12th September 1814 (Letter to Secretary of War, upon withdrawal of British forces from Plattsburgh)
15th September 1814 (Detailed Report from Headquarters, Plattsburgh) 

Dr. James Mann's account of the Battle of Plattsburg (excerpts from a work by the Army physician assigned to Crab Island during the Battle of Plattsburgh.)

The Secrets of Crab Island- by James P. Millard

The Forgotten Graves of Crab Island- by James G. Bailey. (Guest Contributor)

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 - Listing of the names of the American sailors killed and wounded during the naval battle.

The demise of Capt. Downie at the Battle of Plattsburg

Vessels and forces involved in the naval battle. (chart detailing specifics.)

Silas Duncan, wounded veteran of Macdonough's fleet.
Congressional Report
on the claim for pension benefits.  
(Thanks to Peter Murray, USN ret. for this fascinating historical document-Visit the USS Duncan web site at )

The Battle of Lake Champlain [a.k.a. Battle of Plattsburgh] The Story of an Eye-Witness, Retold by J.E. Tuttle
Reproduced from The Outlook, November 2, 1901

Click Here for the story of the building of the American fleet at Vergennes, VT.

Battle of Plattsburgh Association website

The enormous anchor from HMS Confiance has been raised from the depths of Cumberland Bay and is on display in Plattsburgh's City Hall building

The raising of the Confiance's anchor from Plattsburgh Bay   The raising of the Confiance's anchor from Plattsburgh Bay   The raising of the Confiance's anchor from Plattsburgh Bay
The raising of the Confiance anchor
(Click on the thumbnails to see a full-size photo)
Photo credits: Barbara Gallagher

The anchor on display in Plattsburgh's City Hall
3 photos by the author

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