WEST CHAZY, N.Y.- It took British soldiers three days to march from Champlain to Plattsburgh during the War of 1812 and now re-enactors are marching the same route. The Battle of Plattsburgh ended the war in 1814 and to commemorate the bicentennial, a 16 day celebration of peace is in order.
The British re-enactors began on August 30 and marched for three days until their final camp site in West Chazy at Guma’s restaurant near Route 22. The route they are taking on Route 22 is roughly the same to what the soldiers walked 200 years ago. On Monday, they march the longest length, about 10 miles, through Beekmantown and will end at Post 20 American Legion which was temporary British headquarters during this battle.
The march allows re-enactors to talk to the public at many different locations in hopes to reach out to more people to share our history.
“What we want to do is demonstrate and spread the word that they were coming to Plattsburgh and the better way to do is to do something so different, that the average person wouldn’t even think of doing,” said re-enactor, Craig Russel.
The march ends today but the commemoration of The Battle of Plattsburgh continues until September 13 with concerts, other re-enactments, exhibits and much more throughout the next two weeks.