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The Battle of Lake Champlain 11 September 1814

War of 1812 Naval Action on the Great Lakes by an excellent blogger.

War and Security

The American victory at the Battle of Lake Champlain, sometimes called the Battle of Plattsburg, on 11 September 1814 was the most decisive naval victory of the War of 1812.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Champlain#mediaviewer/File:Champlainmap.svg Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Champlain#mediaviewer/File:Champlainmap.svg

In September 1814 11,000 British and Canadian troops under Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost invaded New York State. Prevost’s men were a mixture of veteran units recently arrived from the Peninsular War, British soldiers already in Canada and Canadians. His intention was to march along the western bank of Lake Champlain. The lakeside town of Plattsburg was defended by fewer than 2,000 effectives under Brigadier-General Alexander Macomb.[1]

The British plan required naval control of Lake Champlain. Both sides strengthened their squadrons in August, with the brig USS Eagle being launched on 16 August and the frigate HMS Confiance nine days later.

The following table shows that the British had two ships more than the Americans, with…

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3 comments on “The Battle of Lake Champlain 11 September 1814

  1. Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

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