Westfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Gen. Henry Knox Trail
General Henry Knox
In the Winter of
1775 - 1776
To Deliver To
General George Washington
The Train of Artillery
From Fort Ticonderoga Used
To Force the British Army
To Evacuate Boston
Erected by the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts 1927
Erected 1927 by Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Marker Number MA-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the General Henry Knox Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 7.251′ N, 72° 44.893′ W. Marker is in Westfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 20) and U.S. 202, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. The Gen. Henry Knox Trail Marker is located on a stip of lawn between the sidewalk and the south side of Main Street (US 20), in front of the Tavern Restaurant (2 Broad Street). Marker is in this post office area: Westfield MA 01085, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. IX Miles to Springfield Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Westfield Civil War Monument Lieut. Richard Falley (about 600 feet away); Apremont Park (approx. 3.2 miles away); 104th Infantry Regiment (approx. 3.2 miles away); The 104th U.S. Infantry (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 5.7 miles away); Hessian Encampment (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westfield.
More about this marker. The marker consists of a bronze plaque mounted on a large stone base. The bas relief bronze plaque depictics Gen. Knox overseeing a train of ox-drawn sleds.
Regarding Gen. Henry Knox Trail. The Henry Knox Cannon Trail denotes the path followed by Colonel Knox and his men from December 1775 to January 1776 to transport 59 captured weapon pieces from Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point on Lake Champlain, New York to General George Washington at Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston, Massachusetts.
This pivotal event of the American Revolution resulted in the evacuation of British soldiers
The Advisory Board on Battlefields and Historic Sites recommended that the state of New York purchase 30 granite markers in identical pattern, each with a bronze tablet featuring a map of the trail, an image in relief of cannon being dragged by ox sled through the snow, and the words:
"Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 - 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the Train of Artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the State of New York 1927."
In all, 30 of the bronze plaques are in New York State and 26 in Massachusetts. They represent the 56-day journey of American troops from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston.
The monuments were erected beginning in 1926, during the commemoration of the 150-year anniversary of the American Revolution, and completed in 1927. The trail is one of the earliest heritage paths created in the United States.
According to the Hudson River Valley Institute website, General Washington believed he could dislodge the British from the city, and dispatched Henry Knox, a 25-year-old Boston bookseller, to organize transportation of the captured artillery pieces from Lake Champlain forts to the heights overlooking Boston in the winter of 1775. The British had occupied Boston since their victory in the Battle
Henry Knox arrived at Fort Ticonderoga on the evening of December 5, 1775 accompanied by his 19-year-old brother William and a servant, Miller. Early the next day, assisted by the garrison of Fort Ticonderoga, he began to move the guns, including 43 heavy brass and iron cannons, 6 coehorns, 8 mortars and 2 howitzers.
In the second week of March, 1776, four months before the Declaration of Independence was signed, General Washington was ready to bombard the British in Boston from Dorchester Heights, using the array of heavy guns General Knox had laboriously dragged from Lake Champlain.
Lord William Howe recognized that only the evacuation of his army could save it, and on March 18 the victorious American army marched into the deserted city.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers follow the route used by Knox to transfer cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Mass.
Also see . . .
1. "The Knox Trial - Introduction" from The New York State Museum website. (Submitted on October 28, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. "The Knox Trail - Locations" From the Hudson River Valley Institute webpage. (Submitted on October 28, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
3. "Major General Henry Knox" biography from The American Revolution Homepage website (Submitted on October 28, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
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