|McDonough's Victory on Lake Champlain, September 11, 1814. [detail] - Source, LCMM|
Although it was small skirmish, the British attack on Fort Cassin was significant to the War of 1812 and the history of Vermont. Fort Cassin was located at the mouth of Otter Creek which empties into Lake Champlain. It was at this location in 1813 that American forces were hard at work building a fleet of ships to protect Lake Champlain. In May of 1814 the British began an expedition from their posts in Quebec on the Richelieu River. American Captain Thomas Macdonough was at the shipyard when he received the news that British ships were traveling down Lake Champlain. Macdonough quickly set up a fortification to defend his ships.
|Captain Thornton’s company of artillery protects the fort - Source|
|Captain Thornton’s company of artillery fires on the British - Source|
|British fleet. The gunboat Philadelphia II played the role of HRM Linnet for the weekend. - Source|
|British Marines fire on Fort Cassin - Source|