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Redding in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Guard House

 
 
Guard House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 1, 2008
1. Guard House Marker
Inscription. On this site stood the Guard House of 1778-9. A soldier was shot & killed by the sentry on duty when attempting to escape.
 
Location. 41° 20.222′ N, 73° 22.742′ W. Marker is in Redding, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is on Pocahontas Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Putnam Memorial State Park near the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Redding CT 06896, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winter Quarters of Putnamís Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Unknown Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Israel Putnam (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Putnamís Escape from Horseneck” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Guardhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Visitor Center (1893 Pavilion) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Putnam Memorial State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lake McDougall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Redding.
 
Also see . . .  Putnam Memorial State Park, Redding, Connecticut. Site of 1778-1779 winter encampment of Putnam's troops. (Submitted on October 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Putnam Memorial State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 1, 2008
2. Marker in Putnam Memorial State Park
This log hut was reconstructed in 1890 on the remains of a hut from the 1778 encampment. The Visitor Center can be seen in the background of this photo.
Guard House / Soldier Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 1, 2008
3. Guard House / Soldier Hut
Although tradition identifies this as the guard house, the hut's interior is restored to resemble those used by the soldiers who spent the winter of 1778-79 at this site.
Interior of the Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 1, 2008
4. Interior of the Hut
The hut is set up to resemble one of the 116 enlisted men's huts that were built here in 1778.
Hut Interior image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 1, 2008
5. Hut Interior
Twelve soldiers would share a hut this size. The hearth can be seen in this photo.
Putnam Memorial State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 1, 2008
6. Putnam Memorial State Park
Marker is near the entrance to Putnam Memorial State Park. This park commemorates the winter encampment of 1778-79 of Major General Israel Putnam's Continental Army troops.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,822 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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