Lake Champlain was a hub of activity during the War of 1812 and the years leading up to it. With the Canadian Border on the North end of the lake, the Champlain Valley was known for smuggling, and also for skirmishes between the British and the Americans. Plattsburgh was home to many soldiers during the War of 1812 to protect the Canadian border and Lake Champlain since it was a major avenue of commerce during that time. Unfortunately, the federal government was not paying their soldiers and General Alexander Macomb had to beg Henry Delord and his business partner William Bailey to allow the soldiers to buy on credit at the Red Store. Find out more about the War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley, and the deep patriotism of Henry Delord!