Welcome to McDonough County
Established in 1830, McDonough County is named for Commodore Thomas McDonough who led a successful battle againt the British on Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
Thomas McDonough (Macdonough) and Alexander
Macomb were both heroes of the War of 1812. During that war, McDonough was a Commodore of the US Navy, while Macomb was appointed Adjutant General
of the US Army. McDonough commanded the fleet of
14 vessels on Lake Champlain in their defeat of the British near Plattsburg, New York on September 11, 1814.
Macomb and his force of less than 8,000 soldiers faced nearly 11,000 British troops at Plattsburg and similarly, Macomb's troops were also victorious over the British at Plattsburg on the same date in 1814.
Prior to the land and naval battles of Lake Champlain (Plattsburg Bay), it appeared that the British were winning the war but McDonough's and Macomb's victories forced the retreat of the British from northeastern New York State into Canada. The British failure in the campaign along Lake Champlain led to the end of the War of 1812. A statue honoring McDonough and Macomb is located in Chandler Park in Macomb.
More Information about McDonough County is Located in the McDonough County Comprehensive Plan.