Commemoration events to honor battles, Beatles

McKENZIE DELISLE/STAFF PHOTOMayor Colin Read, with help from longtime Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee volunteers Gary VanCour (back left) and Christopher "Kit" Booth, unveil a new historic sign beside the city's lower Saranac River footbridge during a dedication ceremony Wednesday evening. The bridge has been dubbed Commemoration Bridge in honor of the annual festivity's continued volunteers. The sign, in both English and French, reads, "Volunteers were key to fighting British invasion in 1814. Later volunteers Christopher Booth & Gary VanCour led commemorations, including 2014's bicentennial."

PLATTSBURGH — A pair of dire battles during the War of 1812 will be remembered in ceremonies today as part of the 2019 Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration. 

The events of the Battle of Culver Hill will be recalled during a ceremony at 11 a.m. while the confrontation between British and American forces at Halsey's Corners will be memorialized at 1 p.m.

Here's the schedule for today and tomorrow's commemoration events: 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Clinton County Historical Association Museum Open House

Location: 98 Ohio Ave., Old Base Museum Campus

See the rare Aiken Rifle and dress swords presented to General Alexander Macomb and Major General Benjamin Mooers for their service during the War of 1812. The book The Military Career of Alexander Macomb by Allen Everest is free to Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration button holders.

11 a.m.: Battle of Culver Hill Memorial Ceremony

Presented by the Town of Beekmantown

Location: Culver Hill Historical Park, State Route 22, two miles north of intersection of Route 374 in Beekmantown

On Sept. 6, 1814, a large British army numbering in the thousands marched through Beekmantown on their way to occupy the Village of Plattsburgh. In an attempt to hinder that advance, a small American force consisting of regular army and militia made a stand behind stonewalls on the rise of land known as Culver Hill. What ensued was a short but very intense skirmish that resulted in several dead and wounded, including American Corporal Stephen Partridge of the Essex County, New York State Militia and two British officers, Lt. Col. James Willington and Ensign John Chapman, of the Royal East Kent Regiment, Third Foot, also known as the Buffs. A memorial ceremony will take place to help to recognize and honor the sacrifices made by both sides of this bloody conflict.

1 p.m.: Halsey’s Corners Memorial Ceremony

Presented by the Town of Plattsburgh

Location: Corner of Halsey Court and Boynton Avenue

In the face of the steadily advancing British column, American forces retreated toward Plattsburgh to this location where they set up two six-pound field guns. The oncoming columns of Redcoats advanced straight into the maw of these guns, which were discharged repeatedly with deadly effect.

5 p.m.: Riverside Cemetery Memorial

Location: Riverside Cemetery, Steltzer Road

British fleet commander Capt. George Downie lost his life in the initial of the 1814 battle and was later buried in Riverside Cemetery, along with several other fallen combatants from both sides. Historian/Author Don Wickman conducts the ceremony honoring both British and American combatants killed in the war.

6 p.m.: History Program — “Perspectives on the Battle”

Location: 30 City Hall Place

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Exhibits & Video

6 p.m.: Speaker — Gary VanCour, Beekmantown historian

“Maneuvering Begins in Beekmantown”

6:45 p.m.: Speaker — Paolo Fedi M.D., medical historian

“William Beaumont, a physician-researcher in Plattsburgh “

7:30 p.m.: * John Lennon & Paul McCartney Tribute Band

Location: Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Clinton County Historical Association Museum Open House

Location: 98 Ohio Ave., Old Base Museum Campus

See the rare Aiken Rifle and dress swords presented to General Alexander Macomb and Major General Benjamin Mooers for their service during the War of 1812. The book The Military Career of Alexander Macomb by Allen Everest is free to Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration button holders.

 

4 p.m.: Food Court

Location: Trinity Park, Lower Court Street

4 to 8 p.m.: Information Center

Location: 30 City Hall Place and in front of City Hall

4 to 9 p.m.: * The Israel Green Tavern

Location: Olive Ridley’s Taphouse & Grill, 37 Court St.

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.: Stan Ransom, The Connecticut Peddler

A tavern favorite, Stan Ransom is a folk musician who performs the songs and tunes of the Battle of Plattsburgh, both American and British, many from his CD, The Battle of Plattsburgh. He sings, plays guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin and autoharp.

6 to 7:30 p.m.: The Busco Bandits

This three-piece band plays rock ‘n’ roll and oldies.

7:45 to 9 p.m.: Too Tall String Band

Another tavern favorite, Too Tall performs traditional English, Scottish and Irish pub tunes; singalongs; and a number of traditional Celtic dance tunes.

4:15 to 8 p.m.: History Program & Exhibits/Video

Location: 30 City Hall Place

Time: 4:15 to 6 p.m. (History Program)

6 to 8 p.m. (Exhibits & Video)

5 p.m.: * Eliza Mooers Historic District Walking Tour

Location: Starts at Macdonough Monument

Take a tour of Plattsburgh’s historic places with Eliza Mooers (Melissa Bistor-Cross).

5 p.m.: History Program — “Some Impacts from the Battle of Plattsburgh” Location: 30 City Hall Place

Door open at 4:15 p.m., Exhibits & Video

5 p.m.: Speaker — Vince Puliafico, War of 1812 re-enactor

“How American Victory at Plattsburgh Changed Peace Negotiations”

5:45 p.m.: Speaker — Richard Frost M.D., author of Plattsburgh Military Reservation

“The War Ends: Does Plattsburgh Still Need a Military Base?”

5 to 6 p.m.: Flame the Band in Concert

Presented by Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY

Location: Lions Band Shell Stage

The mission of Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY, Inc. (AANENY) is to empower individuals and their families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders through support and education. We serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. AANENY provides resources and educational support through workshops, conferences, scholarships, donations of ASD-related literature and an annual publication of ASD resources.

7 to 9 p.m.: Beartracks in Concert

Location: Lions Club Band Shell Stage

Beartracks was formed in 2004 by dobro legend Junior Barber and his cousins, Tom Venne and Julie Venne Hogan. Currently, Julie (bass guitar and vocals), Tom (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Harry Ralph (fiddle and harmony vocals) form the core of Beartracks. They have appeared on stage throughout the United States, from Colorado to New England, and in Canada, from Calgary to Prince Edward Island.

9:30 p.m.: Rocket’s Red Glare Fireworks

Sponsored by Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital

Location: Macdonough Monument

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