Battle of Plattsburgh returns

PLATTSBURGH - It's back with a combination of old favorites and potentially new traditions.

The 13th annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend will be held Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 12, with many returning activities and a few new events, said event co-chair Gary VanCour.

"Everyone always wants to know what's new, so here's what's new," VanCour said during a press conference Aug. 26.

Reenactors will kick off the celebration early, with a march from Dewey's Tavern in the town of Champlain to the town and city of Plattsburgh. The three-day walk will consist of stops in the hamlets of Chazy and West Chazy to set up camp, and finally in Plattsburgh where memorial ceremonies will be held at at Culver Hill and Halsey's Corners.

"The march into Plattsburgh will take three days to do, just like the British army did. They will be going to various communities on the anniversary dates that the British did in 1814," explained VanCour.

Also new this year will be an addition to a memorial on Crab Island. On Sept. 10, a memorial will be dedicated, formally identifying British soldiers killed in battle for the first time in 196 years.

"Jo and Roy Carter, friends from England who have consistently supported this commemoration weekend, have seen to it a monument has been made commemorating the British dead that are buried in Crab Island," said VanCour. "There's been one there for the Americans but none for the British until now."

In the town of Beekmantown, a new reenactment site will be hosted on Saturday, Sept. 11. "The First Bloody Encounter" will commemorate the September 6, 1814 skirmish between the British and American forces. The site, behind Beekmantown's town hall on Spellman Road, will show spectators a different perspective of the various land battles, said VanCour.

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