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Fort Montgomery in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Escape

 
 
The Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, July 6, 2022
1. The Escape Marker
Inscription.  
As darkness fell and the Battle of Fort Montgomery reached its horrific climax in October of 1777, terrified American defenders were driven from their fort at the points of the enemy bayonets, fleeing for their lives. They clambered down the 120 feet of steep, rock-strewn terrain to the river, hoping that friendly boats awaited to convey them to safety on the far shore. Finding none available, they had to swim.

One of those who fled was Hugh Morrison, assistant to his father Robert, who was a surgeon's mate in the 5th New York Regiment. Many years after the war Hugh reported he "was employed by his Father... preparing bandages in order to dress the wounds of those wounded &brought into the Hospital, while in the act of his duty aforesaid, a ball from the Enemy penetrated through the side of the Hospital & wounded [him] on his head, the ball made a deep incision, he fell, his Father took him up and dressed his wound, it was a flesh wound & he returned to his duties as aforesaid, until the time the fort was surrendered to the enemy, when those who could, made their escape. His Father directed him to escape and follow him but was
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separated from his Father at the River. He swam the river above the chain...& arrived safe on the East side of the river."    — Hugh Morrison was 8 years old at the time.
Painting by John R. Wright, 2019
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
 
Location. 41° 19.515′ N, 73° 59.132′ W. Marker is in Fort Montgomery, New York, in Orange County. Memorial can be reached from U.S. 9W, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Fort Montgomery State Historic Site on the walking trail, overlooking the Hudson River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Montgomery NY 10922, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The View (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powder Magazine (about 400 feet away); Guard House (about 400 feet away); Soldiers’ Necessary (about 400 feet away); The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery (about 500 feet away); 32-Pounder (about 500 feet away); Barracks (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. (Submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
The Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, July 6, 2022
2. The Escape Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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