Fort Montgomery in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
It is not known where the Americans obtained Fort Montgomery’s six 32-pounders. The guns were brought to the fort by water and the hauled up to the Grand Battery by oxen and struggling soldiers. The fate of the 32-pounders after the battle is also uncertain, although documents suggest that the British may have taken them away by ship before destroying the fort.
Erected by Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Heritage New York, and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.
Location. 41° 19.436′ N, 73° 59.166′ W. Marker is in Fort Montgomery, New York, in Orange County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Montgomery NY 10922, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery (here, next to this marker); Grand Battery (a few steps from this marker); Three Sisters Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gardens of the Fort (about 300 feet away); Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away); The Battle of Fort Montgomery (about 400 feet away); Building a Fort (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Montgomery.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a “Drawing of the basic elements of an 18th-century English cannon.” These include the Cascable, Vent, First Reinforce, Second Reinforce, Chase, Muzzle and Trunnions.
The bottom portion of the marker contains a picture of two American soldiers, holding a Worm and a Sponge, with a cannon between them. Surrounding this picture are illustrations of the various equipment needed to use the gun. Among these are a Rammer “to force the charge down the gun’s barrel”, Sponge “to extinguish burning embers before loading the next charge”, Worm “for extracting lodged matter from the gun”, Spike “for jamming in the vent to render the gun useless if captured by the enemy”, Water Bucker “holds water for sponge”, Linstock Wrapped with Match “for lighting a portfire or directly lighting the charge”, “Portfire & Portfire Stock “a torch held in a wooden handle for lighting the charge” and “Tompion “to keep debris out of the gun’s muzzle”. The Cannon detail is from a painting by Dahl Taylor, 2002.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of the Fort Montgomery Battlefield.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Fort's Montgomery and Clinton. The American Revolutionary War. (Submitted on May 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Fort's Montgomery and Clinton. (Submitted on May 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,364 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on October 11, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.