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King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Artillery Park

 
 
Artillery Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
1. Artillery Park Marker
Inscription. Some redoubts and earthworks went unarmed. Most cannons at Valley Forge were kept in the Artillery Park near the center of the encampment. From here guns could be rushed to the point of attack.

The Artillery Park gave the Americans a flexible defense. But camp roads were deep in mud; horses were starving. It may be fortunate that an attack never came.
 
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 40° 5.623′ N, 75° 26.865′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Camp Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at stop eight of the Valley Forge National Historical Park driving tour, on Camp Drive, just south of North Gulph Road. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Campís Road System (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schoolhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Build a Redoubt (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Pointed Defense (approx. 0.4 miles away); Virginia
Artillery Park Marker with cannons image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
2. Artillery Park Marker with cannons
(approx. half a mile away); Site of the Marquee (approx. half a mile away); Upper Forge Site (approx. half a mile away); “Crowded and Very Sickly” (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King of Prussia.
 
More about this marker. In the main section of the marker is a depiction of a Revolutionary War battery of artillery in action.

In the upper right is a portrait of Brigadier General Henry Knox, with a caption:
General Knox commanded and trained the Continental Artillery. With a gun crew of 14 to 15 men for each field 6-pounder, precise teamwork was essential. (In actual combat the Continentals often made do with smaller crews.)


Below the portrait is an illustration of a Revolutionary War era artillery piece, captioned:Brigades handled a variety of cannons. Though some were cast in America, many guns were acquired from the French or captured from the British.
 
Also see . . .  Valley Forge. National Park Service site. Under the Photos and Multimedia navigation section are links to various video and audio podcasts about Valley Forge. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Brig. Gen. Henry Knox's Cannons image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
3. Brig. Gen. Henry Knox's Cannons
Knox located his Artillery Park in the center of the Valley Forge encampment so that they were available to any point that came under attack. Gun crews trained here, and artillery repairs were done here as well.
 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,113 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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