Split Rock (Lake Champlain), New York

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Split Rock (Lake Champlain), New York

SPLIT ROCK (LAKE CHAMPLAIN), NEW YORK. 13 October 1776. Brigadier General Benedict Arnold's battered squadron, fleeing south after the battle of Valcour Island, was overtaken just south of Split Rock. The galley Washington was captured; the galley Congress and three gondolas (Boston; New Haven, Connecticut; and Spitfire) beached at Ferris Bay (now Arnold's Bay, Vermont) and were set on fire to prevent capture. A different Split Rock figured in the action at Pell's Point (now in Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx).

SEE ALSO Valcour Island.


Lunderberg, Philip K. The Continental Gunboat Philadelphia and the Northern Campaign of 1776. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966.

                        revised by Robert K. Wright Jr.