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Gen. Henry Knox Trail

 
 
Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker, Latham, New York image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 23, 2009
1. Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker, Latham, New York
The Henry Knox Cannon Trail follows the route that Gen. Henry Knox used to transport 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point, New York to Cambridge, Massachusetts in the winter of 1775-1776.
Inscription.
Through this place passed
Gen. Henry Knox
in the Winter of 1775 - 1776
to deliver to
Gen. George Washington
at Cambridge
the train of artillery
from Fort Ticonderoga
used to force the British
Army to evacuate Boston

Erected By
The State of New York
during the Sesquicentennial
of the American Revolution

 
Erected 1926 by State of New York. (Marker Number NY-20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the General Henry Knox Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 44.861′ N, 73° 45.535′ W. Marker is in Latham, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Loudon Road and Purtell Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Old Loudon Road. Click for map. The Gen. Henry Knox Marker is on the front lawn of the Latham Masonic Temple at 206 Old Loudon Road, opposite (west of) Purtell Avenue in the hamlet of Newtonville. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Old Loudon Road, Latham NY 12110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Latham (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dalessondro Boulevard
Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 23, 2009
2. Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker
The Gen. Henry Knox Marker is on the front lawn of the Latham Masonic Temple at 206 Old Loudon Road in Latham, New York.
(approx. 2.6 miles away); Boght Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Boght (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shaker Church Family Barn (approx. 2.8 miles away); Shaker Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Chester Alan Arthur (approx. 3.1 miles away); Maplewood Historic Park (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker consists of a bronze plaque mounted on a large stone base. The plaque is attributed to sculptor Henry James Albright, 1887-1951.
A relief plaque on a stone marker commemorates General Henry Knox's delivery of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to General George Washington at Cambridge, Massachusetts in the winter of 1775-1776. The image on the relief plaque depicts a young male figure driving a team of oxen. A uniformed male, probably General Knox, stands to the far right. The left side of the plaque contains a map that traces Knox's route from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, also naming Ft George, Ft Edward, Saratoga, Halfmoon, Albany, Kinderhook, Claverach, and Noblestown.
 
Regarding Gen. Henry Knox Trail. The Henry Knox Cannon Trail denotes the path followed
Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 27, 2008
3. Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker Detail
Detail of the Latham, New York (NY-20) Knox Canon Trail marker showing a young male figure driving a team of oxen. A uniformed male, probably General Knox, stands to the far right.
Recently a number of the Knox Canon Trail bronze plaques have received conservation work to restore the original sculptural detail that had been lost over time. Typically these plaques are restored using a technique developed in consultation with the National Park Service, which uses a system of air abrasive cleaning with a compound of pulverized walnut shells to attain the original finish and then they are sealed with a lacquer coating.
by Colonel Knox and his men from December 1775 to January 1776 to transport 59 captured weapon pieces from Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point on Lake Champlain, New York to General George Washington at Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston, Massachusetts.
This pivotal event of the American Revolution resulted in the evacuation of British soldiers from Boston.

The Advisory Board on Battlefields and Historic Sites recommended that the state of New York purchase 30 granite markers in identical pattern, each with a bronze tablet featuring a map of the trail, an image in relief of cannon being dragged by ox sled through the snow, and the words:

"Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 - 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the Train of Artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the State of New York 1927."

In all, 30 of the bronze plaques are in New York State and 26 in Massachusetts. They represent the 56-day journey of American troops from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston.

The monuments were erected beginning in 1926, during the commemoration of the 150-year anniversary of the American Revolution, and completed in 1927. The trail is one of the earliest heritage paths created in the United States.

According to the Hudson River Valley Institute
Noble Train of Artillery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
4. Noble Train of Artillery
This Tom Lovell painting of Gen. Knox transporting the cannons is on display at Fort Ticonderoga.
website, General Washington believed he could dislodge the British from the city, and dispatched Henry Knox, a 25-year-old Boston bookseller, to organize transportation of the captured artillery pieces from Lake Champlain forts to the heights overlooking Boston in the winter of 1775. The British had occupied Boston since their victory in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Henry Knox arrived at Fort Ticonderoga on the evening of December 5, 1775 accompanied by his 19-year-old brother William and a servant, Miller. Early the next day, assisted by the garrison of Fort Ticonderoga, he began to move the guns, including 43 heavy brass and iron cannons, 6 coehorns, 8 mortars and 2 howitzers.
In the second week of March, 1776, four months before the Declaration of Independence was signed, General Washington was ready to bombard the British in Boston from Dorchester Heights, using the array of heavy guns General Knox had laboriously dragged from Lake Champlain.

Lord William Howe recognized that only the evacuation of his army could save it, and on March 18 the victorious American army marched into the deserted city.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers follow the route used by Knox to transfer cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Mass.
 
Also see . . .
Gen. Henry Knox image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Army Center Of Military History
5. Gen. Henry Knox

1. "The Knox Trial - Introduction" from The New York State Museum website. (Submitted on October 19, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. "The Knox Trail - Locations" From the Hudson River Valley Institute webpage. (Submitted on October 19, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
3. "Major General Henry Knox" biography from The American Revolution Homepage website. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. George Washington, Ft George, Ft Edward, Saratoga, Halfmoon, Albany, Kinderhook, Claverach, Noblestown, Cambridge
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
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