History of Lake Champlain, 1609-1814 - Purple Mountain Press


by Peter S. Palmer

From Chapter XII:

"On the night of the 9th, while the British were engaged in erecting their rocket battery near Fort Brown, Captain McGlassin of the 15th Infantry, obtained permission from General Macomb to take a party of fifty men and attack a detachment of British troops at work upon the battery. The night was dark and stormy and favored such an enterprise. Ordering his men to take their flints from their muskets, McGlassin crossed the river, and passing through a small clump of dwarf oaks, reached, unobserved, the foot of the hill upon which the enemy were at work. There he divided his force into two parties, one of which was sent, by a circuitous route, to the rear of the battery. As soon as this party had reached its position, McGlassin, in a loud voice, ordered his men to charge "on the front and rear," when they rushed forward, with all the noise it was posible for them to make, and entered the work at both sides on the run. The working party were taken by suprise, and supposing themselves attacked by overwhelmeing numbers, retreated precipitately towards the main camp. McGlassin spiked the guns and led his party back to the American fort without losing a man. The whole affair was boldly conceived and most gallantly executed. It was long before the British officers would believe that fifty men could make so much noise, or so badly frighten over three hundred of their veteran troops."

No inland body of water has played as decisive a role in the history of the Western Hemisphere as has Lake Champlain, and it holds a special position in American naval history as the birthplace of the United States Navy. Within a short span of 65 years, three, wars were fought on its shores and waters, each leaving its indelible mark on the destiny of North America. Peter S. Palmer (1814-1890) chronicles those years with such detail that his book has been a resource for students of the Lake Champlain history for over a hundred years. This is our second printing of this classic history.

250 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, index, second printing in paper 2009
$18.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprint

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