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The Battle of Plattsburgh

This articles describes the Battle of Plattsburg in the War of 1812.

Battle of Plattsburgh


Behind the Scenes of the Peace Negotiations

Despite the fact that the United States and Great Britain had begun negotiating a peace treaty, British powers wanted to maintain bargaining power. As a result, the large British force under George Provost attacked a unit of about 3,000 American soldiers under the command of Alexander MaComb stationed at Plattsburgh, New York, on the shores of Lake Champlain. The British also wanted to maintain control of the Great Lakes waterway and planned a naval attack on the lake, as well as a ground attack on the town of Plattsburgh.

The British are Denied Control of the Great Lakes

Thanks to a naval fleet organized the previous summer by Thomas MacDonough, and winds from the lake that confused British soldiers, American naval forces devastated the British fleet, including their flagship Confiance. Meanwhile, British groud forces in Plattsburgh were repeatedly repulsed. The British were forced to retreat and were denied control of the Great Lakes.

War of 1812 Battles

November 7th, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe
July 17, 1812 - Battle of Fort Mackinac
August 15, 1812 - Massacre at Fort Dearborn
October 13, 1812 - Battle of Queenston's Heights
January 22, 1813 - Battle of Frenchtown
March 30, 1813 - Battle of Lacolle Mills
April 27, 1813 - Battle of York
May 1-9, 1813 - Siege at Fort Meigs
August 15-16, 1813 - Surrender of Fort Detroit
September 10, 1813 - Battle of Lake Erie
October 5, 1813 - Battle of Thames
1813-1814 - Creek War
July 5- 1814 - Battle of Chippawa
July 25, 1814 - Battle of Lundy's Lane
August 24, 1814 - Battle of Bladensburg
August 25, 1814 - The Razing of Washington
September 6-11, 1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh
September 12-14, 1814 - Siege of Baltimore
November 11, 1814 - Battle of Crysler's Farm
January 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans


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