Lake Champlain and the War of 1812

Stampless letter from the Battle of Plattsburg, Lake Champlain and the War of 1812

1814 stampless letter written aboard the Brig USS Eagle, which played a part in defeating the British at the Battle of Plattsburg in September of 1814. The letter was written by the surgeon of the USS Saratoga to Raymond H J Perry, brother of Oliver Perry.

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A Brief Postal History of Lake Champlain and the War of 1812, including the Battle of Plattsburg

During the waning days of the War of 1812, both British Army and Naval forces converged on the town of Plattsburgh, New York. The ensuing battle was known as the Battle of Plattsburg, or the battle of Lake Champlain. The battle lasted from September 6 to September 11, 1814. Several ships were anchored in Plattsburgh Bay, where the ships Eagle, Saratoga, Ticonderoga, and Preble made a line from north to south to prevent British ships from advancing on to Plattsburg.

The Eagle had the springs to one of her anchor cables shot away. The commander cut the remaining anchor line and allowed the Eagle to drift until anchoring again and engaging the HMS Confiance.

The Americans were victorious against the British in the Battle of Plattsburg.

Offered here is an very scarce stampless letter written aboard the Brig Eagle on October 14, 1814. The letter was written by John P Briggs, surgeon of the USS Saratoga, to Raymond H J Perry, US Navy, Bristol, Rhode Island. Raymond was the brother of Oliver Perry.

John P Briggs writes about Sacketts Harbor, and that no doubt Chauncy will be obliged to retire. The British land and naval forces are now before the harbor. He also compliments Perry on his wonderful work.

The stampless letter has a manuscript Plattsbg postmark, and a manuscript 20ct rate.

This is a very historical letter pertaining to the Battle of Lake Champlain, and the War of 1812.

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