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Powder Magazine

Fort Stanwix National Monument

 
 
Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
1. Powder Magazine Marker
Inscription.
This bombproof, being relatively dry, was used as the powder magazine. This was revealed through period documentation, and it also explains why the British targeted this part of the fort during the 1777 siege.

Munitions stored in this bombproof included gunpowder, cannonballs, barrels of musket balls and slow match (spiral coils of nitrate treated rope that burned at a known rate, used to fire cannons).
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 12.65′ N, 75° 27.327′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Stanwix. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Surgeon’s Day Room (a few steps from this marker); Orderly Room (a few steps from this marker); Commandant’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Junior Officers’ Quarters
Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
2. Powder Magazine Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillerymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard Duty (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains a picture of a soldier in the powder magazine, and has a caption of “engineer had neglected to build a magazine, though he knew there was no secure place for the ammunition. The garrison, in order to remedy this difficulty, took the seven spare feet which were left of the pickets, in in consequence of the mistake of the engineer as to their length, and having framed them, so as to form a square inclosure, the whole was placed within the body of one of the bastions, and being covered with earth, formed a safe deposit for the powder.
&brsp;     Lt. Col. Marinus Willett, 1777”
 
Also see . . .  Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker Inside Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. Marker Inside Fort Stanwix
British Gen. Barry St. Leger laid siege to Fort Stanwix in August of 1777 during their march to Albany. They were eventually forced to retreat back to Canada, resulting in the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne at Saratoga.
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By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
4. Powder Magazine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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