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Lake Champlain-Vermont looking west to NYS

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  • Lake Champlain-Vermont looking west to NYS

    This is a picture I took from my grandparents house on Lake Champlain in North Hero, VT in 1993. Looking west from the west shore of North Hero, one of the Champlain Islands, about two and a half miles across to New York State. This is the Western Main body of the Lake. In the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 the British ships would have been sailing to the left (South). The Battle of Valcour Island/Battle of Plattsburgh was fought about seven miles away as a bird flies, to the Southwest. When I was kid lying on the shore or out rowing in the lake I would sometimes imagine I was out on the lake back in one of the battles. It is the 400th anniversary of Champlain's "discovery" of the lake. Notice on the extreme left (South) of the picture the extreme north of the Adirondacks. Plattsburgh Air Force Base was about 6 or 8 miles to the southwest. Up until the 60's they had a Squadron of Titan ICBMs there. One of the Titans was siloed in Alburg, VT about 7 miles north northwest of here and a picture can be seen on the internet. After that it was an F111 base until the base closed/F111s were phased out. It was very exciting to see/hear the jets all the time. Plattsburgh was a huge army training base in WW I. About six miles to the northwest is location of Fort St. Anne, built by the French in 1666. This is in Isle La Motte, Vermont. This is where Theodore Roosevelt was when he received word that President McKinley had been shot.
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    Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh

    Hello,
    An interesting post. Plattsburgh Barracks was one of the "regimental posts" of the "Old Army" of the early days of the 20th Century that were strung along the international boundary with Canada, a British Empire Dominion, in New York. Similar posts existed out West in Michigan, Minnesota and the Plains States.

    The 26th Infantry Regiment was stationed there.

    Other such posts included Fort Ethan Allen near Essex Junction, VT which contained a squadron of 16th Cavalry Regiment, and the 7th Field Artillery Regiment; Madison Barracks, near Watertown at Sacketts Harbor, which had the 1st Bn, 5th Field Artillery, and the 2nd Bn, 25th Field Artillery, and farther west Fort Niagara near Buffalo, which had another Infantry Regiment
    Red Dagger 18

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      Thanks for the great info

      Thanks for the great info on the location of the army bases. I would have thought the US kept the bases at Plattsburgh and maybe one at Detroit/Windsor I had no idea there were so many bases into the 20th century.

      Regards,

      Tony Tramonte

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      • #4
        More pictures please



        http://www.historiclakes.org/Plattsburg/Plattsburg.html


        War of 1812 history enthusiasts will enjoy the title track, "DEAR LUCY." Tom 24 penned this song when he became inspired after reading about the Battle of Plattsburgh (NY). Tom was intrigued with the story describing this horrific naval battle. On September 11, 1814, American ships under the command of Commodore Thomas Macdonough, forced the surrender of a mighty British fleet in Plattsburgh Bay on Lake Champlain. Tom states, "Few Americans realize that this victory was the true turning point for preserving American freedoms, effectively ending the War of 1812.

        17thAirborneSon

        "The horizon is unlimited." Major General Matthew Ridgeway

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        • #5
          Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

          An excellent source of information on all things Lake Champlain is the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT.

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            St. Albans, VT Confederate Raid in 1864

            I was doing a post on the Civil War forum when I remembered there was a Confederate raid from across the border on a town about 8 miles east northeast of this picture (looking behind and to the right), across North Hero Island and the eastern expanse of Lake Champlain. I looked up St. Albans raid on Wikipedia. The raid occurred on October 19, 1864. The raid was the northernmost land action of the war. Twenty one cavalrymen took part, Led by Bennett H. Young, he was an escaped POW who had fought in the Battle of Salineville,. The purpose was to raise money by robbing banks and to divert Union troops to the northern border. The raiders gathered over a period of a few days, telling people they were down from St. Johns, Quebec "on a sporting vacation". There were three bank robberies, $208,000 was stolen. One townsperson was killed, another wounded. The soldiers tried to burn the town down, but the four-ounce bottles of Greek fire they had brought failed to work, and only one shed was destroyed. There was a 1954 movie, The Raid, loosely based on this incident.

            The raiders fled with the money into Canada (Quebec), where they were arrested by authorities. A court ruled they could not be extradited because they were soldiers acting under orders, and Canada was neutral.
            Last edited by lakechampainer; 14 Aug 09, 06:26. Reason: Adding details

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              Originally posted by RedDagger18 View Post
              Hello,
              An interesting post. Plattsburgh Barracks was one of the "regimental posts" of the "Old Army" of the early days of the 20th Century that were strung along the international boundary with Canada, a British Empire Dominion, in New York. Similar posts existed out West in Michigan, Minnesota and the Plains States.

              The 26th Infantry Regiment was stationed there.

              Other such posts included Fort Ethan Allen near Essex Junction, VT which contained a squadron of 16th Cavalry Regiment, and the 7th Field Artillery Regiment; Madison Barracks, near Watertown at Sacketts Harbor, which had the 1st Bn, 5th Field Artillery, and the 2nd Bn, 25th Field Artillery, and farther west Fort Niagara near Buffalo, which had another Infantry Regiment
              Red Dagger 18
              Don't forget Fort Ontario at Oswego NY. An active military instalation from the 18th century until after WW II. You may remember Jewish refugees were quartered there for awhile after the war.
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                Below is a link to some more information I found regarding when Teddy Roosevelt was on Isle La Motte when he found out President McKinley had been shot.

                I have attached a link to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum web site.


                http://www.islelamotte.org/teddy/


                http://www.lcmm.org/

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                • #9
                  Below is a picture I found which was taken from the grounds of Clinton Community College 4 miles south of Plattsburgh. On the right/to the South about a mile away is Valcour Island. To the southeast is South Hero Island and smaller Vermont Islands. To bad there wasn't a video camera here on October 11, 1776 during the Battle of Valcour Island - although actually the battle was west of this view/to the west of Valcour Island. A video camera here on September 11, 1814 would have been even more interesting, as much of the Battle of Plattsburgh would have been in sight. This would have been a secure location for a camera in 1814, as the British never took Plattsburgh, as they called off the attack after the Americans were victorious on the lake.

                  The second link is the web page from which the article comes. This shows the same view in 1904.

                  The picture I posted, from North Hero where my mother and grandfather were born when it was my great-grandparents farm, is about 12 miles to the northeast.


                  http://www.google.com/imgres?q=photo...32&tx=70&ty=62

                  http://www.adirondackbasecamp.com/20...hamplain-view/


                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Valcour_Island

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Plattsburgh
                  Last edited by lakechampainer; 26 Aug 11, 12:06.

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                  • #10
                    Link to historiclakes.org

                    Below is a link to a picture from South Hero, VT looking towards Valcour Island. It is from the historiclakes.org website, which covers Lake Champlain, Lake George, and the Richilieu River, and their histories. The site was created by and is maintained by author James Millard.

                    The second link is to the home page. On the table of contents, clicking "guest contributions" give access to, among other things, many good pictures and articles.

                    http://www.historiclakes.org/scenic/...adirondack.htm
                    http://www.historiclakes.org/index.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post
                      Below is a link to a picture from South Hero, VT looking towards Valcour Island. It is from the historiclakes.org website, which covers Lake Champlain, Lake George, and the Richilieu River, and their histories. The site was created by and is maintained by author James Millard.

                      The second link is to the home page. On the table of contents, clicking "guest contributions" give access to, among other things, many good pictures and articles.

                      http://www.historiclakes.org/scenic/...adirondack.htm
                      http://www.historiclakes.org/index.html
                      For interesting Lake Champlain Islands historic sites, see link to a page on the site:

                      http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...,1.277161&om=1

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post
                        This is a picture I took from my grandparents house on Lake Champlain in North Hero, VT in 1993. Looking west from the west shore of North Hero, one of the Champlain Islands, about two and a half miles across to New York State. This is the Western Main body of the Lake. In the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 the British ships would have been sailing to the left (South). The Battle of Valcour Island/Battle of Plattsburgh was fought about seven miles away as a bird flies, to the Southwest. When I was kid lying on the shore or out rowing in the lake I would sometimes imagine I was out on the lake back in one of the battles. It is the 400th anniversary of Champlain's "discovery" of the lake. Notice on the extreme left (South) of the picture the extreme north of the Adirondacks. Plattsburgh Air Force Base was about 6 or 8 miles to the southwest. Up until the 60's they had a Squadron of Titan ICBMs there. One of the Titans was siloed in Alburg, VT about 7 miles north northwest of here and a picture can be seen on the internet. After that it was an F111 base until the base closed/F111s were phased out. It was very exciting to see/hear the jets all the time. Plattsburgh was a huge army training base in WW I. About six miles to the northwest is location of Fort St. Anne, built by the French in 1666. This is in Isle La Motte, Vermont. This is where Theodore Roosevelt was when he received word that President McKinley had been shot.
                        Below is a picture of a crowd awaiting President Roosevelt in Burlington, VT in 1901. Later in the trip he was on Isle La Motte, VT when he found out President McKinley had been shot. Link to University of Vermont Landscape Changes Program.

                        http://www.uvm.edu/landscape/search/...14bb21&AddRel=

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                        • #13
                          Prison escape this morning from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, about 10 miles west of Plattsburgh. My mother used to scare us at night when we were on the shore, saying, listen, can you hear the sirens, there must be a prison escape! Although I swear sometimes I did hear sirens.

                          http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index...._facility.html
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                          http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...prison-n370991

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                          New York State Police were on the hunt Saturday for two convicted murderers who escaped from the largest maximum security correctional facility in the state by cutting the wall of their cell with power tools to reach a series of tunnels that led to a manhole, authorities said.
                          Officials at the Clinton Correctional Facility, about 25 miles from the Canadian Border, contacted the New York State Police at 5:45 a.m. ET to report that the two inmates were missing during a 5:30 a.m. bed check, state police said in a statement.
                          Both inmates ó Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34 ó are considered to be a danger to the public and should not be approached, the statement said.
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                          Gov. Andrew Cuomo was briefed on the incident at the prison on Saturday afternoon and explained during a news conference that Matt and Sweat used power tools to cut a hole in the steel backing of their cell, crawled through a maze of tunnels and escaped through a manhole. Cuomo said prison officials had accounted for all of their tools and didn't know how or where the inmates got a hold of the equipment.
                          Cuomo said security guards told him that the inmates had also set up objects in their beds to make it look like people were sleeping in them.



                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton...ional_Facility


                          link below shows the site of the prison. If you go due east from where it says "Beekmantown" on the map, where you hit land in Vermont (southern part of North Hero) is (almost) where the picture was taken, what was my grandparent's cottage.

                          https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cl...144ab2b46d8a81
                          Last edited by lakechampainer; 06 Jun 15, 19:35.

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                              Another posting of original picture in original post. taken from about 44.77954, 73.323496

                              link to original post.

                              http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=81381
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