The Battle of Valcour Island, a War Memorial

The Battle of Valcour Island, a War Memorial (HM2682)

Location: Burlington, VT 05401 Chittenden County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 28.557', W 73° 13.295'

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11-13 October 1776

The Battle of Valcour Island
11-13 October 1776

In the fall of 1776 a British Naval force left Canada and embarked onto Lake Champlain in an effort to divide and conquer the rebelling thirteen colonies. Positioned off Valcour Island was a fleet of gunboats under the command of Benedict Arnold. On the morning of 11 October the two fleets began what became an intensive three-day engagement fought over more than 30 miles of Lake Champlain. At the end of the third day, the British had gained control of the strategic waterway, but with the season advancing they were forced to return to Canada for the winter. This action had a profound impact on the outcome of the Revolutionary War and winning American independence.

"The little American navy on Champlain was wiped out, but never had any force, big or small, lived to better purpose or died more gloriously, for it had saved the lake for the year."
"That the Americans were strong enough to impose the capitulation of Saratoga was due to the year of delay secured to them by their little navy on Lake Champlain."
Alfred Thayer Mahan, naval historian
HM NumberHM2682
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Date Added Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 641438 N 4926275
Decimal Degrees44.47595000, -73.22158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 28.557', W 73° 13.295'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 28' 33.42" N, 73° 13' 17.7" W
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Area Code(s)802
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3 College St, Burlington VT 05401, US
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