war of 1812

Imagining the Common Soldier’s Experience in the Battle of Plattsburgh – Part 2

By Cherilyn Gilligan, Archaeologist In the fall of 2019, I gave a presentation on my research into the common soldier’s experience during the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of the annual Battle of Plattsburgh event at the Kent Delord House Museum. I’ve converted that presentation into a two-part blog series, and this is the second …

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Imagining the Common Soldier’s Experience in the Battle of Plattsburgh – Part 1

By Cherilyn Gilligan, Archaeologist In the fall of 2019, I had the opportunity to present research to the public at the annual Battle of Plattsburgh event at the Kent Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh, New York. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum was contracted by the City of Plattsburgh to help with an American Battlefield Protection Program …

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The Search for MacDonough’s Shipyard

In September of 1814 the American Naval Fleet on Lake Champlain, commanded by Commodore Thomas MacDonough fought and defeated the British Royal Navy at the Battle of Plattsburgh Bay.  This conflict included the largest sailing vessels to ever operate on the Lake.  But where were these massive American vessels built?  It is well known that …

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1813: The Shipwright’s War and Other Stories

By Art Cohn Although we have been planning the next installment of 1812: Commemorating the War: Celebrating the Peace since before we returned from last years incredible voyage, the recent crossing from Burlington to Plattsburgh was an unexpected experience. The challenge of getting the three boats ready, creating the interpretive materials that connects the travel …

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A Final Reflection of the 2011 Farm, Forest and Fishery Tour

by Art Cohn The now familiar post-tour transition to winter is almost complete. The Lois returned to her winter berth at King Street and the Churchill is back at her long familiar winter quarters at the Shelburne Shipyard. We are developing a list of maintenance chores for these two hard-working wooden boats and hoping that …

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Whitehall

I first came to Whitehall about 30-years ago when our dive team began studying the War of 1812 wrecks sunk in the vicinity. I fell in love with Whitehall then, its location on lake and canal, its special history and its people. This year’s visit didn’t disappoint. This was our first public stop and had …

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