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Sackets Harbor Battlefield, Ogdensburg, New York | WPBS Short Flix

Sackets Harbor and Ogdensburg, New York, were extremely important during the War of 1812.

Two battles were fought in the tiny village of Sackets Harbor, New York. The second, more decisive battle took place on May 29, 1813. During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor was the principal shipyard and base for the American naval squadron on Lake Ontario. Nearby, Fort Volunteer housed thousands of soldiers, sailors, shipbuilders, and mechanics. In an attempt to destroy the shipyard, a British-Canadian force attacked the harbor. At the time, the majority of the American forces were across Lake Ontario, attacking Fort George, near Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. The remaining Americans drove off the enemy and won the battle.

Then, on a frigid, windy, snowy February 22, 1813, British troops stationed at Prescott in Canada undertook a dangerous and hazardous journey across the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked the village of Ogdensburg with overwhelming force. The attack was successful, and the British captured the village. Though small in scale, the victory removed the American threat to British supply lines from Canada for the remainder of the war.

For more information:
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site:
https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/7/details.aspx

Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance:
http://www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org