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Groton in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Death of Major William Montgomery

 
 
Death of Major William Montgomery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
1. Death of Major William Montgomery Marker
Inscription.  
The death of
Major William Montgomery
while leading the British
attack on the Fort at
this point.

Sept. 6th 1781

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1838.
 
Location. 41° 21.225′ N, 72° 4.784′ W. Marker is in Groton, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Park Avenue and Monument Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located inside Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Groton CT 06340, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Covered Way (a few steps from this marker); Col. William Ledyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Groton Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Construction of Fort Griswold (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defenders of Fort Griswold • Sept • 6th 1781 • (about 300 feet away); Shot Furnace (about 400 feet
Marker in Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
2. Marker in Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
The marker is located on one of the parapets inside Fort Griswold.
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away); Groton Battle Monument (about 400 feet away); Spanish Flagship Gun (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groton.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Groton Heights. Website homepage:
A detailed account of the battle and the fort today. (Submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Death of Major William Montgomery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
3. Death of Major William Montgomery Marker
Maj. Montgomery led a force of British Regulars in a bayonet charge at the front gate of Fort Griswold. He was killed in the attack, but his men were able to enter the fort.
Fort Griswold image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2009
4. Fort Griswold
After the battle, Major Montgomery was buried near the ravelin in front of the main gate of Fort Griswold, in the vicinity of this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,170 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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