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General Henry Knox

1750-1806

 
 
General Henry Knox Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
1. General Henry Knox Marker
Inscription. General Knox was the Commander of the Continental Army Artillery. He was in charge of the placement of the artillery cannons on the palisades in Fort Lee. His main objective was to stop the British fleet from sailing up the Hudson River. He was one of two generals to serve Washington throughout the Revolutionary War.
 
Erected 2004 by Borough of Fort Lee.
 
Location. 40° 50.904′ N, 73° 58.113′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Parker Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the southern entrance to Monument Park on Parker Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Horatio Gates (here, next to this marker); Liberty Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Lee Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Army Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers of the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); General Nathaniel Greene (within shouting distance of this
Marker at Monument Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
2. Marker at Monument Park
Monument Park is the site of Continental Army encampment in 1776.
marker); General Hugh Mercer (within shouting distance of this marker); General George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This set of markers is located in Fort Lee’s Monument Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Henry Knox. The American Revolution. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Monument Park. The Borough of Fort Lee website. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Fort Washington. The American Revolution. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Soldiers of the American Revolution Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
3. Soldiers of the American Revolution Monument
Monument Park, where the Continental Army camped during the Battle of New York, is home to a number of markers and monuments.
Henry Knox image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Henry Knox
This portrait of Henry Knox by Charles Peale Polk after the c.1783 original by Charles Willson Peale hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Henry Knox 1750-1806 . Born Boston, Massachusetts An overweight twenty-five-year old Boston bookseller who had taught himself military engineering and artillery out of books, Henry Knox was chief of artillery for the Continental army. In 1775, with Boston under British control, Knox commanded the 300-mile trek to Fort Ticonderoga to bring back by ox sleds the fifty-nine cannons mounted on Dorchester Heights that forced the British to evacuate the city. Throughout the seven years of battle, Knox would be by General Washington's side, his close friend and indispensable colleague and later the man the president would pick to be his secretary of war.

Knox is painted here in the uniform of a major general. He wears the badge of the Order of the Society of the Cincinnati, the fraternity of Continental army officers that he envisioned in 1783.” — National Portrait Gallery
Barbette Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
5. Barbette Battery
Gen. Knox was in charge of the artillery at Fort Lee. This battery, located in Fort Lee Historical Park, was placed here to protect the Hudson River from the British Fleet. The bridge in the background was named in honor of George Washington.
Fort Lee Gun Emplacements image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
6. Fort Lee Gun Emplacements
Gen. Knox had gun emplacements like these built on the New Jersey palisades, overlooking the Hudson River. These are located in Fort Lee Historical Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,552 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on August 26, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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