PLATTSBURGH - An archaeological dig at an American War of 1812 encampment continues to uncover evidence during a second year of activity.
More than 2,000 American soldiers spent the winter of 1812-13 at Pike’s Cantonment, a temporary military camp dug out of the forest along the Saranac River near Plattsburgh International Airport.
About 200 of those men perished from illness and the harsh winter environment, but those who survived were ordered from the area in the spring, leaving the cantonment abandoned.
The wooden huts were all burned to the ground months later by a force of invading British troops. Read more.
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)