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 Battle of Valcour Island
The Battle of Valcour Island was a naval engagement fought on October 11, 1776, in a narrow strait in Lake Champlain between the New York mainland and Valcour Island.
It is generally regarded as the first naval battle fought by the United States Navy.
Although the outcome of the battle was the destruction of most the American ships, the overall campaign delayed the British attempt to cut the colonies in half by a year and eventually led to the British military disaster at Saratoga in 1777.
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 Valcour Island
Valcour Island, about two miles long and a mile broad, lies in Lake Champlain, forming a narrow strait against the New York mainland.
It guided boats through the narrow strait from 1871 until 1930 when it was replaced by a steel tower.
On October 11, 1776, a naval engagement known as the Battle of Valcour Island was fought in that strait between British and United States naval forces.
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 Battle of Valcour Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although the American ships under the command of Benedict Arnold were mostly destroyed, the campaign delayed by one year the British attempt to cut the colonies in half and eventually led to the British military disaster at Saratoga in 1777.
Nonetheless, the battle was not going well for the Americans when the sun set on 11 October.
The small island was later named Carleton's prize.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Valcour_Island   (1209 words)

  
 Senatore to help mark raising of Battle of Valcour artifacts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Cohn said the senators from both states were invited because the Battle of Valcour and so many other historic events on the lake have forever linked both sides of the lake as well as Canada.
The Battle of Plattsburgh, which many historians point to as the turning point of the War of 1812, has become much more well known in recent years since the discovery of the anchor of the British warship The Confiance.
Those involved in the Battle of Valcour project believe the discovery and retrieval of the artifacts could be the event that propels the battle to the front pages of lake history publications.
www.pressrepublican.com /Archive/2001/06_2001/062320014.htm   (418 words)

  
 Aiming for big doings; Battle of Valcour fete set   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
VALCOUR — Cannon fire along the shores of Lake Champlain will signal the region’s appreciation for one of the most significant naval battles of the Revolutionary War.
Local history buffs have organized a celebration of Benedict Arnold and the Battle of Valcour Island, a conflict in which a fledgling American fleet held off a vastly superior British Navy long enough to turn the war in America’s favor.
The 225th anniversary of the battle will be celebrated Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Valcour Educational Center on Route 9, just south of Valcour.
www.pressrepublican.com /Archive/2001/08_2001/080120013.htm   (598 words)

  
 All Points North - Underground Battlefield
One such island, which is two miles long and a mile wide, is found south of Plattsburgh.
Known as Valcour Island, it was witness to a Revolutionary War naval battle between the British and Americans, called the Battle of Valcour Island.
Since the area around Valcour Island is owned by the state, the cannon found belongs to the state, not Scollon.
www.apnmag.com /summer_2006/valcourbayresearchproject.php   (1072 words)

  
 AmericanHeritage.com / Battle at Valcour Island: Benedict Arnold as Hero
Seen in the perspective of history, the Rattle of Valcour Island, fought on Lake Champlain between improvised navies of Britain and America in October.
As is frequently the case in battle, it was difficult to say at the time who was the victor at Valcour, and who the vanquished.
As we have seen, it was the Second Battle of Saratoga, in which Lieutenant General John Burgoyne surrendered on October 17, 1777, with over five thousand redcoats and Hessians, that convinced France that American independence was a sufficiently sturdy plant to merit her support.
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 Battle of Long Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn, fought on August 27, 1776, was the first major battle in the American Revolutionary War following the United States Declaration of Independence, the largest battle of the entire conflict, and the first battle an army of the United States ever engaged in.
The battle and its immediate aftermath were marked by the British capture of New York City (which it held for the entire war), the execution of the American Nathan Hale and the burning of nearly a quarter of the city's buildings.
While most of the battle was concentrated in western Long Island, within about 10 miles (16 km) of Manhattan, British troops were also deployed to the east to capture the entire 110 mile (180 km) length of Long Island to Montauk.
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 Maritime Research Institute Projects: Valcour Bay Research Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Today, the waters around Valcour Island are frequented by recreational boaters who are drawn to the sparsely developed area for its Adirondack and Green Mountain vistas, and the sheltered waters created by the inlets around the Island.
The Valcour Bay Research Project (VBRP) is a cooperative effort between a dedicated team of volunteer sport divers and the Maritime Research Institute of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
The intent of the VBRP is to map the submerged Valcour Island battlefield, while providing sport divers a way to channel their interest in history and archaeology into a formally permitted project.
www.lcmm.org /mri/projects/vbrp.htm   (967 words)

  
 The Story of Lake Champlain's Valcour Island, by James P. Millard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Valcour Island is without doubt one of the more famous locations on the historic lakes.
Valcour is about 2 miles long and approximately a mile at its widest point and is situated close to the New York shore.
The island witnessed much during the long period of conflict between England and France, yet mentions of the isle in the historical record are few.
www.historiclakes.org /Valcour/valcour_island.htm   (1755 words)

  
 Wayside Exhibits: Point Au Roche State Park   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
To be installed in the spring of 2004 at the Peru Dock Access Area in New York are four bilingual exhibits recounting the Battle of Valcour, Lake commerce, and Valcour's archaeological legacy.
An exhibit describing the Valcour Island Primitive Area and the hiking and camping opportunities on the Island is located at both the dock and on the island itself.
Valcour Island Primitive Area (Peru Dock & Valcour Island) (135 KB)
www.lcbp.org /wayside/sites/valcour.htm   (105 words)

  
  The Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain by James P. Millard   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Awaiting them, hidden behind a large island just south of the Head, was a motley assortment of vessels-15 in all- hastily constructed of green timber shortly before at Skenesborough- the southernmost head of navigation on the lake.
By that time the brisk wind from the north had taken them too far south, past the island, and it was necessary to attempt to change direction- against the wind- back towards the west in order to engage the enemy.
Later, after the battle was over, the officers of the ships that did engage formally accused Pringle of mismanagement, and there were some hints at allegations of cowardice.
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 The Battle of Valcour Island
The Battle of Valcour was one of the most important battles in the American Revolutionary War.
The battles at Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga were fought in New York across the lake.
The battle of Valcour Island, I think, was the most important battle in the entire war.
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 cantonrep.com
Historians today consider the Battle of Valcour Island a “victory in defeat” that gave Colonial forces a chance to win at Saratoga — and eventually the Revolutionary War.
A first peek was given during a lakeside ceremony across from Valcour Island on Friday.
Had Arnold died in the Battle of Valcour, he would be famous mostly for cunning and bravery, instead of treachery.
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 National Park Service - Colonials and Patriots (The Gundelo Philadelphia)
Moreover, the vessel is one of the 15 small craft with which Benedict Arnold fought 29 British vessels in the battle off Valcour Island, Lake Champlain, on October 11, 1776.
Carleton moved on to Crown Point after the battle off Valcour Island, but the time lost in building his fleet to oppose Arnold, together with the hard fight with the Americans, led him to reconsider his plans.
After her guns were lifted, a 12-pounder and two 9-pounders, the hull was raised 57 feet to the surface and towed to the beach.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/colonials-patriots/sitec3.htm   (470 words)

  
 Westford and the Battle of Valcour Island
That discovery sparked the formation of the Valcour Bay Research Project (VBRP), whose mission is to systematically search for historical artifacts from the 1776 naval engagement between American Gen. Benedict Arnold’s hastily constructed navy and Sir Guy Carleton’s British fleet.
In recognition of the intimate connection beween the events at Valcour Island and Westford's patriots, the exhibit was offered to the Westford Museum for a six month loan in November of 2004.
While the Battle of Valcour Island was a clear British victory, the delay in the British advance caused by the construction of Arnold’s fleet provided sufficient time for the Americans to gather the means to win decisively at Saratoga the following year, eliminating the British threat from the north.
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 The Battle of Valcour Island
The Battle of Valcour Island, also known as the Battle of Valcour Bay, was a naval engagement in a narrow strait in Lake Champlain, between the New York mainland and Valcour Island.
Although the outcome of the battle was the destruction of most the American ships, the overall campaign delayed the British attempt to cut the colonies in half by a year and eventually led to the British military disaster at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.
Arnold shrewdly chose to force the British to attack his inferior forces in a narrow, rocky body of water between the coast and Valcour Island, where the British fleet would have difficulty bringing its superior firepower to bear.
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 New York
A week later on the morning of the 11th, the two forces met in the Battle of Valcour Island which resulted in a tactical American defeat but was a great strategic victory for the patriots’ cause.
Battered during the action off Valcour Island, Arnold’s ships slipped through the hands of the British fleet and retired south up the Lake toward Crown Point.
After the Battle of Valcour Island, winter was too close to permit them to begin the campaign.
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 Benedict Arnold on Lake Champlain. The Battle of Valcour Island in 1776 First a Hero, then a Traitor.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Battle of Valcour Island in 1776 First a Hero, then a Traitor.
He anchored his fleet off nearby Valcour Island, which is snugged up against the New York shoreline.
Dawn was cold and gray, and as the twenty-man war canoes paddled out with the fleet, a sailor noted that the Indian's heads would disappear behind the swells.
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 untitled
Many battles that, during the American Revolution, were lost by American patriots were actually nothing more than Pyrrhic victories for British forces.
The Battle of Bunker Hill was a British victory in the end, but it was a costly one in terms of manpower expended and the effect on morale.
The Battle of Saratoga became the turning point in the war for America and led to direct participation in the war by France.
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 Benedict Arnold The Traitor Who Saved America Part 5: The Battle of Saratoga
An assessment of the campaign season of 1776 for both the British and American army reveals that the British failed to achieve their 1776 strategic plan of separating the New England colonies from the rest of the republic.
The American military's little known response to the invasion at this point was to become called "The Battle of the Axes".
By the evening of August 16th, Lieutenant Colonel Blaum was mortally wounded, his force destroyed along with a substantial number of the five hundred and fifty reinforcements rushed to his aid.
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 Arnold at Valcour Bay
He sought the most favorable position he could find, choosing to array his fleet in an arc from Valcour Island to near the New York shore in an area a few miles south of the village of Plattsburgh.
As night approached, the British attempted to bottle-up the bay and were confident that they could complete their task in the morning.
to the remarkable skill exhibited in the disposition of the little fleet at Valcour Island, which was the same in principle as that by which Macdonough won his brilliant victory, not far from the same spot, in 1814.
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 ttgapers store - USA - Quebec 1775: The American invasion of Canada (Campaign) - Brendan Morrissey - Product Details :: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The subsequent campaign involved a 350-mile trek across uninhabited wilderness, a desperate American attack on the city of Quebec that left one American general dead and another wounded, and a British counterattack that culminated in a brutal naval battle off Valcour Island on Lake Champlain.
The campaign narrative itself is 60 pages long, and includes separate sections on the initial battles, Arnold's journey across the Maine wilderness, the American retreat from Canada and the Battle of Valcour Island.
Arnold then threw himself into the construction of a fleet on Lake Champlain and fought the Battle of Valcour Island that helped to delay a British counter-invasion of northern New York.
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A reenactment of the battle will reveal that the retreat by Arnold was a very "smart" move, and not cowardly.
Re-enactment of Battle of Valcour Island — (2-3 40-min.
Pictures of Valcour Island can be found in Randall's book between pages 320-321.
www.csc.vsc.edu /TAH/maryguggenbergerproject.htm   (1201 words)

  
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This is a color print/lithograph of The Battle of Valcour Island, Lake Champlain done by Naval History Division, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C. from an old Water Color by C. Randle.
Battle of Valcour Island, Lake Champlain 11 October 1776.
Alfred Thayer Mahan called the Battle of Valcour Island "a strife of pigmies for the prize of a continent." This Print is from Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa.
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 JourneyDigest.com Forums - Powered by XMB 1.9.1 Nexus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
But their dogged fight delayed British movement south for a year, when they would be defeated in the Battle of Saratoga.
They displayed them by the shores of the battle site Friday: cannon fragments, solid iron cannonballs, a brass powder scoop, a trigger guard, spectacles, bombs.
A first peek was given during a lakeside ceremony across from Valcour Island.
www.journeydigest.com /arrival/viewthread.php?tid=2779   (668 words)

  
 The Patriot Resource: Timelines
June 17 - Battle of Bunker Hill; Boston, Massachusetts.
December 26 - Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.
October 7 - Battle of Bemis Heights (Second Battle of Saratoga, New York).
www.patriotresource.com /timelines/battles.html   (271 words)

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