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January 2, 2013

Mural proposed to capture Battle of Plattsburgh

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“This allowed us to reconstruct a lot of things that had never been brought together before,” Mosher said of what he called an impressive gathering of historic minds.

THOROUGH RESEARCH

One of the recent developments of the battle at that time was the discovery and removal of a large anchor from the British flagship Confiance from the bay. That anchor is now on display at Plattsburgh’s City Hall.

It was during the reconstruction on the gym floor that the exact location of the anchor’s watery grave was unveiled, providing a major clue in helping to pinpoint the location of each vessel, American and British, as they fought one another on that September morning.

“Finding out exactly where that anchor went down is a true plumb bob (to identifying the battle’s location),” Mosher said. “When that anchor drops, it’s going to go straight down. That’s exactly where the Confiance was.

“I like to do very thorough research for my projects,” he added. “I want to have an understanding of not just where the ships were but of the reasons why they were where they were.”

Mosher was commissioned to do the painting of Macdonough that now hangs in the War of 1812 Museum gallery along with a sketch of the battle itself.

‘FITTING TIME’

With the bicentennial of the battle less than two years away, the Battle of Plattsburgh Association hopes to have Mosher’s mural completed by the anniversary date.

“We’ve been talking about it for several years now,” Herkalo said of discussions he has had with Mosher and U.S. Navy retired Rear Admiral John Paddock on creating the mural. 

“The three of us together thought now might be the right time, with the current emphasis being placed on the bicentennial.”

HUGE ENDEAVOR

“It takes over a year to paint one of these large canvases,” Mosher said. “I’ve already laid out a lot of the canvas, the size, the scope, the ships. It’s going to be a huge endeavor.”

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