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Historic marker installed after dedicated effort

Robert Cheeseman, historian for the town of Chazy, left, stands with Jo and Roy Carter in front of the marker they worked to get established on Lake Shore Road. The marker recognizes the lives of British soldiers lost during the American Naval victory on Plattsburgh Bay.

Robert Cheeseman, historian for the town of Chazy, left, stands with Jo and Roy Carter in front of the marker they worked to get established on Lake Shore Road. The marker recognizes the lives of British soldiers lost during the American Naval victory on Plattsburgh Bay. Photo provided

— The town of Chazy has a new historic marker recognizing another important chapter in the region’s history.

Town historian Robert Cheeseman announced a new marker has been installed in Chazy Landing on Lake Shore Road on the property of Tom and Mary Jo Sweet. The marker identifies the approximate location where British forces buried their dead following the American Naval victory on Plattsburgh Bay Sept. 11, 1814.

It was about two years ago, said Cheeseman, that Roy Carter — a man from England who comes to the States each year for the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend — came across an article that referred to the site in the proximity of Lake Shore Road. That site was where as many as seven British soldiers were believed to be buried following a deadly encounter with American forces during the War of 1812.

“They took their dead and buried them in a common grave somewhere in that area,” said Cheeseman. “We don’t know where exactly but it’s somewhere around there.”

The circa 1843 article, which came from the North Wales Chronicle, said Cheeseman, was paired with known history of the area to find British forces buried the men sometime after midnight following the encounter.

The brief moment in history is still an important one, said Cheeseman, who added he would like to one day learn more about the actual burial site.

“Roy really wanted to get this marker up and so did I,” said Cheeseman. “It feels good [to recognize the site] because it’s something that happened in our history that we, as Americans, didn’t know about but the British had recorded it.”

For more information about historic locations in the town of Chazy, contact Cheeseman at 846-7544, ext. 6, or e-mail chazyhistorian@westelcom.com.

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