Macomb, Alexander – Brigadier General US Army


This Alexander Macomb mug is part of our collection of War of 1812 biographical mugs.  An image of Alexander Macomb and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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In 1814, Brigadier General Alexander Macomb commanded the Right Division of the Northern Army at the Battle of Plattsburgh.  With only 1,500 regular troops he faced 10,500 British troops under the command of Sir George Prevost.  Macomb, knowing he was outnumbered, directed his men to move trees and create fake roads to lead the British into dead-end traps far from the American forts.  The British attack was diffused by these efforts and became targets for  American ambush.  The delaying of the British attack on the American defenses resulted in their withdrawal back to Canada, once word reached them of the defeated British naval squadron on Lake Champlain.

 The War of 1812

The Star-Spangled Banner, measured 30 ft. by 42 ft. with 15 stripes.  It is the only official American flag with more than thirteen stripes.  The two extra stripes represented Vermont and Kentucky.

In 1814, the flag flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment throughout the Battle of Baltimore.  The war began in June of 1812 and ended in February 1815.  The war marked the second chapter of the American Revolution in which Great Britain sought to establish political and economic sovereignty over its former colonies.

This Alexander Macomb history mug is part of our War of 1812 series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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