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Guard Duty

Fort Stanwix National Monument

 
 
Guard Duty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
1. Guard Duty Marker
Inscription.
All soldiers were responsible for guard duty on a rotation basis. Each 24-hour period was the responsibility of one or more companies, each consisting of 40-60 soldiers. During this period they shared all guarding duties, sleeping and patrolling in shifts. They were based in the guardhouse when not on active patrol.

Guards were responsible for monitoring the fort’s perimeter, guarding entryways and supervising prisoners and work parties outside the fort perimeter. The officer of the day had overall responsibility for the guard rotation.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 12.628′ N, 75° 27.328′ 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. Southwest Bombproof: Storeroom and Siege Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Missionary’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Suttler (within shouting distance
Guard Duty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
2. Guard Duty Marker
In August 1777, British Gen. Barry St. Leger led an army towards Albany. They laid siege to Fort Stanwix, but were ultimately forced to retreat to Canada.
of this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Casemate (within shouting distance of this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillerymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Junior Officers’ Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains an image of guards at Fort Stanwix and has a caption of “The Guards are to be as follows with the Main Guard: 1 Sub 1 Sergeant 1 Corporal 1 Drum and 30 privates the Quarter Guard: 1 Sub 1 Sergeant 1 Corporal 1 Drum and 18 Privates. The Garden Guard 1 Corporal and 6 Privates – All the Guards are to Parade and march off together . . . the Officers to Exercise their Guards at Least once a Day, when the Weather will permit.
      Garrison Orders, September 1777”
 
Also see . . .  Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Guard Duty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. Guard Duty Marker
 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Inside the Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
4. Inside the Guardhouse
Guard on Duty at Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
5. Guard on Duty at Fort Stanwix
A guard stands watch at the southwest bastion during the 1777 siege of Fort Stanwix.
Guards at the Drawbridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
6. Guards at the Drawbridge
Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
7. Fort Stanwix
The guard shack atop the southwest bastion of the fort can be seen here.
 
 
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 236 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 5, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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