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Orwell in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Mt. Independence Military Road

Route to Hubbardton - 1777

 
 
Mt. Independence Military Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 28, 2016
1. Mt. Independence Military Road Marker
Inscription.
This vital American military road to the south of here was built on the September 7, 1776, orders of Gen. Horatio Gates to connect Mount Independence, a new Revolutionary War fortification on Lake Champlain, to Hubbardton, Rutland, and Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire. Gates called the road "Essential to the Interest of the United States" and "the safety and protection of the inhabitants of all the Middle States of this Union." The road was used by soldiers traveling to the Mount and suppliers sending military stores for the new fort. On the night of July 5 and 6, 1777, as the British approached, American forces withdrew from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga along the road, fighting the British at the Battle of Hubbardton on July 7.
 
Erected 2012 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 48.21′ N, 73° 18.315′ W. Marker is in Orwell, Vermont, in Addison County. Marker is at the intersection of Alternate Vermont Route 22A and Vermont Route 73, on the right when traveling south on State Route 22AAlternate . Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orwell VT 05760, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mt. Independence Military Road
Wideview of Mt. Independence Military Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 28, 2016
2. Wideview of Mt. Independence Military Road Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Military Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); American Blockhouse – 1777 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Southern Battery – 1777 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Foundation -1776 or 1777 (approx. 3.9 miles away); The American Southern Defenses – 1776-1777 (approx. 4 miles away); British Blockhouse - 1777 (approx. 4 miles away); Storehouse - 1776 (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Orwell.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Original 1949 Mt. Independence Military Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 12, 2008
3. Original 1949 Mt. Independence Military Road Marker
After Ethan Allen seized Fort Ticonderoga, the Americans built Fort Mt. Independence, northwest from here on the Lake. Following Burgoyne’s invasion, Gen. St. Clair evacuated the Forts, retreating across these hills to Hubbardton.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on August 29, 2016.
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