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Southwest Bombproof: Storeroom and Siege Hospital

Fort Stanwix National Monument

 
 
Southwest Bombproof: Storeroom and Siege Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
1. Southwest Bombproof: Storeroom and Siege Hospital Marker
Inscription.
This bombproof, with a ventilation shaft leading to the top of the bastion, was considered the best place for keeping food (salt meat, peas, flour, rice and vinegar) and other non-weapon supplies. For most of the fort’s history, it was a storage area for such provisions.

During the 1777 siege, the bombproof was converted to a makeshift hospital. The turns in the hallway prevented shrapnel from entering, keeping troops and supplies safe.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 12.626′ N, 75° 27.334′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Stanwix. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guard Duty (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Casemate (within shouting distance of this marker); Missionary’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Suttler (within shouting distance of this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging
Southwest Bombproof: Storeroom and Siege Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
2. Southwest Bombproof: Storeroom and Siege Hospital Marker
In August of 1777, soldiers, loyalists and Native Americans under British Gen. Barry St. Leger marched down the Mohawk Valley from Lake Ontario to join Gen John Burgoyne in Albany. He laid siege to Fort Stanwix, but was ultimately forced to retreat to Canada.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Artillerymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Surgeon’s Day Room (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
More about this marker. A picture on the marker of a soldier rolling a barrel into the bomb proof has a caption of “Upon the preservation of the provisions depends the Life of the Garrison. The Commanding Officer has Ordered the Bomb Proofes under the S:W & N:W Bastions fitted up in the best Manner possible for the Reception of the Beef and Pork that is in this Garrison.
Lt. Col. Marinus Willett, Garrison Orders, April 16th, 1778”
 
Also see . . .  Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. Marker in Fort Stanwix
Inside the Southwest Bombproof image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
4. Inside the Southwest Bombproof
In the Bombproof Storeroom image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
5. In the Bombproof Storeroom
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 5, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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