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The battle before Plattsburgh

This battle in Beekmantown represents the first fighting in the area before the Battle of Plattsburgh.

This battle in Beekmantown represents the first fighting in the area before the Battle of Plattsburgh.

The majority of the militia fell back in disorder, leaving as some remained to contest the advance.

Fighting continued at Culver Hill, where Lieutenant Col. James Wellington was killed.

Regulars and militia retreated to Halsey’s Corners, continuing to contest the advance. Roughly 250 men fought from behind a stone wall.

The Americans fired their cannon and rifles, but the British charged with their bayonets and they retreated.

“General Prevost is getting frantic,” Fitz-Enz said. “He is now more than five days from the border, and he knows the American army is dug in at Plattsburgh.

“Halsey’s Corners is the last contact before the British entered Plattsburgh.”

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