Dec. 31, 1783 McDonough New Castle County Delaware, USA
Nov. 10, 1825, At Sea
Captain in the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812. Command a division of gunboats that included 6 sloops and 2 gunboats in Lake Champlain. Defeated the British in the Battle of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain which is noted as one of the most decisive battles in American History. It prevented the invasion and conquest of New York State as effectively in 1814 as the surrender of the British under Burgoyne during the Revolutionary War. . (bio by: Russ Pickett)
Inscription: Sacred to the memory of Com. Thomas Macdonough of the U. S. Navy. He was born in the State of Delaware Dec. 1783, & died at sea of pulmonary consumption while on his return from the command of the American Squadron in the Mediterranean on the 10 Nov. 1825. He was distinguished in the world as the Hero of Lake Champlain; in the Church of Christ as a faithful, zealous and consistent Christian; in the community where he resided when absent from professional duties as an amiable, upright and valuable citizen. From The Macdonough-Hackstaff Ancestry by Rodney Macdonough, page 24.