Macdonough, Thomas – 1st Lieutenant US Navy


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

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Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough was a naval officer who achieved fame during the War of 1812.  He commanded the American naval forces that defeated the British navy at the Battle of Plattsburgh. Macdonough established a secure base at Otter Creek, in Vermont and constructed several gunboats.  Knowing he was outgunned in long guns, Macdonough took his fleet into Plattsburgh Bay, where the British were forced to engage at close range.  He anchored his ships in a line north to south and attached anchor cables allowing the ships to be slewed in a wide arc.  His flagship Saratoga was able to spin completely around bringing into action his undamaged guns and defeating the British offensive and helping to bring an end to the War of 1812.

 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 Thomas Macdonough 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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