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Futile Approach

 

—Fort Stanwix National Monument —

 
Futile Approach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
1. Futile Approach Marker
Inscription. During the August 1777 Siege of Fort Stanwix, British forces dug trenches near this site. This attempt to bring their guns closer to the fort's powder magazine, located in the bastion in front of you, failed.

At the end of the three-week siege, the trench was abandoned, incomplete.

British trenches, cannons, and artillerymen were protected by fascines, bundles of brush bound tightly and set horizontally into a wall of earth.

The trenches allowed the British to move their siege guns closer to the fort and permitted the Patriots to fire at the British who were now closer. This day our Guards kept a Constant fire at those at work in the Trench. And in the Evening 12 of the best Marksmen were pick't out to harrass them when at work in the Night.
Ensign William Colbrath, August 21, 1776

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 12.706′ N, 75° 27.368′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker is at the intersection of North James Street (New York State Route 26) and Liberty Street, on the left when traveling south on North James Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Futile Approach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
2. Futile Approach Marker
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Unknown Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); British Trenches (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Peter Gansevoort, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Powder Magazine (about 400 feet away); Rome (about 400 feet away); Surgeon’s Day Room (about 400 feet away); Orderly Room (about 400 feet away); Commandant’s Quarters (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of a walking tour that goes around the outer perimeter of Fort Stanwix.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US Revolutionary
 
Futile Approach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
3. Futile Approach Marker
View of the historical marker, at its location on the east side of North James Street, with a view of the reconstructed Fort Stanwix in the left background.
Futile Approach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
4. Futile Approach Marker
View looking east, beyond the historical marker, along the Fort Stanwix walking tour trail, with the reconstructed Fort Stanwix in the right background of the picture.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 536 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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