PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—An archaeological dig conducted last summer near Lake Champlain’s New York shoreline has uncovered evidence that the site was a winter encampment for American soldiers during the War of 1812.
The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that archaeologist Timothy Abel says the excavations on property formerly owned by the Plattsburgh Air Force Base unearthed military artifacts such as uniform buttons bearing the number 15, indicating the U.S. Army’s 15th Regiment.
The regiment spent the winter of 1812-13 encamped at what was known as Pike’s Cantonment, named for the camp’s commander, Zebulon Pike. The encampment’s exact location in Plattsburgh had been debated for decades. More excavations are planned at the site this summer.
In September 1814, American land and naval forces defeated the British at the Battle of Plattsburgh. (source)
VERGENNES — Vermont’s Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is going to be searching for the location of the shipyard used to build U.S. Navy vessels used to repel a British attack on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.
The museum will use a grant of almost $24,000 from the National Park Service to undertake an archaeological survey to find the precise location of the shipyard.
U.S. Navy Commodore Thomas McDonough built a fleet at a yard on the Otter Creek in Vergennes prior to the 1814 British invasion of New York state.
On Sept. 11, 1814 McDonough used the fleet built at Vergennes to defeat the British fleet at the Battle of Plattsburgh.
Maritime Museum Archaeologist Joanne Dennis says she expects the dig to take place in October. (source)