all American fleet led by Commodore Thomas Macdonough awaited the British army, which outnumbered the Yanks 10 to 1.
- Northern Archives
- January 22, 2016
- by Manny Vivas
On Sept. 11, 1814, a small American fleet led by Commodore Thomas Macdonough awaited the British army, which outnumbered the Yanks 10 to 1. The battle about to take place on Lake Champlain would decide the fate of the twoyear long war.The Americans knelt in silence. It was going to be a long morning.
As the British sailed into Cumberland Bay toward Macdonough’s fleet, the Americans opened fire, blasting a round of cannons that weren’t able to reach their mark. The invaders responded, and their shots also fell short all but one.There’s a legend accompanying that cannon ball. Apparently it struck a coop containing a rooster. But this wasn’t any old gamecock. This bird was badass. Instead of fleeing confusion and horror, the little guy hopped onto a gunslide, clapped its wings and crowed.His fighting spirit helped lift the morale of Macdonough and his crew.
They laughed, cheered and shot out another round of cannons. A 24pound ball struck the monstrous British flagship HMS Confiance, inflicting a great deal of damage to both the ship and the men on board.The battle that ended the war of 1812 began with an angry rooster.And when you’re in Plattsburgh, you can raise a toast to the feathery warrior and check out the locally brewed Plucky Rooster Ale while visiting this historic town.
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