During the American Revolution, the jail became Fort Johnstown as well as a military prison. The structure was fortified with a surrounding palisade and lookout towers at diagonal corners. It was manned by militia companies to protect the Sacandaga from enemy infiltration.
Fort Johnstown served as a base for Col. Marinus Willett and 400 militia on October 25, 1781, when a British raiding party of over 700 Loyalists and Indians withdrew through Johnstown after burning a great swath of the Mohawk Valley.
Willett's men attacked the retreating British in a battle strung along the route of today's Johnson Avenue. An interpretive sign marks the final battle site in a field northeast of Johnson Hall.
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Location. 43° 0.175′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Johnstown (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Johnstown (here, next to this marker); Talmadge Edwards (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Burk's Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1 Mile to Baronial Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (approx. ¼ mile away); Elizabeth Cady Stanton (approx. ¼ mile away); Matthias B. Hildreth (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnstown.
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