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Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Water for the Garrison

 

—Fort Stanwix National Monument —

 
Water for the Garrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
1. Water for the Garrison Marker
Inscription. The spring-fed stream, reconstructed here, supplied the garrison with water for drinking and washing. Extending out from the fort was an elevated latrine called a "necessary." It ran into a short channel that fed downstream to the fort's garden.

During the siege of 1777, the British diverted the stream's source, causing it to run dry. Soldiers dug temporary wells inside the fort to provide an alternate water supply, safe from enemy gunfire.

"Any person who may be found easing themselves, in any other places about the Camp, or Garrison, except the Necessaries provided for that purpose, may depend on being Severely punish'd on being discovered."
Lieutenant Colonel Marinus Willett, Sept 15, 1777
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 12.626′ N, 75° 27.275′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker is on Black River Boulevard North (New York State Route 46) north of East Dominick Street (New York State Route 49). Touch for map. This historical marker is located just outside of the water gate of the fortification, midway between the southeast and northeast bastions of the fort. Marker is in this post office area: Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Water for the Garrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
2. Water for the Garrison Marker
View, looking east, of the historical marker in the foreground with the reconstructed fort's stream in the background, and then the shops along Black River Boulevard in the extreme background.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artillerymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging (within shouting distance of this marker); Suttler (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Missionary’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Junior Officers’ Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Casemate (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of a walking tour that goes around the outer perimeter of Fort Stanwix.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US Revolutionary
 
Water for the Garrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
3. Water for the Garrison Marker
View, looking south, of the historical marker situated in the field in front of the fort's water stream, along the walking tour trail that goes around he perimeter of Fort Stanwix.
Water for the Garrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2010
4. Water for the Garrison Marker
View of the backside of the historical marker in the foreground and Fort Stanwix's water gate is in the background of the picture.
Water for the Garrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2010
5. Water for the Garrison Marker
View, looking north, of the historical marker in the foreground and the Fort Stanwix walking tour trail leading off in the direction of the northeast bastion of the fort.
Fort Stanwix National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
6. Fort Stanwix National Monument
View of the beginning of the walking tour, at the Fort Stanwix National Monument sign on North James Street, with a view of the reconstructed Fort Stanwix in the background.
Fort Stanwix National Monument Museum image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2010
7. Fort Stanwix National Monument Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 29, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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