October 12 This day during the American Revolution

October 12, 1776 – at Split Rock, New York – On October 12, at dawn, Col. Benedict Arnold anchored 5 of his ships at Schuyler’s Island; the other boats had to sail farther ahead. He found 2 of his ships so badly damaged that they must be scuttled; a third ship ran aground. The 2 remaining boats sailed in pursuit of the fleet. Surprised and enraged to find the Americans have escaped, Gen. Guy Carleton hastened after them. He caught up with them at Split Rock, where one American ship ran aground and 2 others were captured. Arnold’s USS Congress sailed on to Crown Point, finding the rest of his fleet already there.

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