1814: Macdonough’s Victory at Lake Champlain

Gilbert Stuart, Commodore Thomas Macdonough, American, 1755 - 1828, c. 1815/1818, oil on wood, Andrew W. Mellon Collection
Commodore Thomas Macdonough, American, 1755 – 1828, c. 1815/1818, oil on wood, Artist Gilbert Stuart. Andrew W. Mellon Collection.

On this day, Middletown resident Commodore Thomas Macdonough was the victor over the British Fleet at the Battle of Lake Champlain, directly leading to the end of the War of 1812 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. Early in his naval career, he was stationed in Middletown building gunboats in local shipyards and fell in love with Lucy Ann Shailer. After their marriage, they built a home on Main Street just south of where Webster Bank is today. Lucy Ann died several weeks after their 10th child was born and he succumbed to tuberculosis several months later while returning home to his family from his command of the USS Constitution. Both are buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Story contributed by Deborah Shapiro.

Macdonough home on Main Street
Macdonough home on Main Street

 

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