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Castine in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Fort George

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2014
1. Fort George Marker
Inscription. This Fortress, originally known by its garrison as FORT PENOBSCOT and named by Admiral Sir George Collier in his reports FORT CASTINE received its present designation from its builder, British general Francis McLean upon its completion in December 1779. It was begun in June and was unsuccessfully besieged from July 29 to August 13 by the combined American Land and Naval Forces on the PENOBSCOT EXPEDITION and was the last post surrendered by the BRITISH at the close of the WAR for INDEPENDENCE. They again occupied the fort on September 1, 1814, rebuilt and mounted it with 60 cannon and evacuated a second time April 27, 1815. Immediately taken possession of the the UNITED STATES, it again rebuilt strengthened and garrisoned until March 1819, it was permanendy (sic) abandoned as a military post.

On June 18, 1780, General Peleg Wadworth and Major Benjamin Barton, held as prisoners of war and confined in the barracks, escaped by scaling the North wall during the night, thence following the course of Wadsworth Road to the cove and safety.

In 1811 Ebenezer Ball, and in 1825 Seth Elliot, were here hung for murder.
 
Location. 44° 23.391′ N, 68° 48.297′ W. Marker is in Castine, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on Battle Avenue (Maine Route
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2014
2. Fort George
166) near Pleasant Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 Battle Avenue, Castine ME 04421, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burial Place of British officers, (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort George & the Penobscot Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Line of Argyle Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Home of a Hero (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Growth of Ship Building (approx. 7.5 miles away); Civil War Soldiers' Monument (approx. 7.6 miles away); Carver Memorial Library (approx. 7.6 miles away); Liberty Tree Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castine.
 
Also see . . .  Fort George (Castine, Maine) - Wikipedia. Fort George (formerly Fort Majebigwaduce or Fort Castine) was an earthworks fort built by Great Britain to defend its new founded colony, New Ireland, during the American Revolutionary War. The fort is most well known for helping to defeat the American patriot Penobscot Expedition's attempt to reclaim the territory. (Submitted on September 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2014
3. Fort George
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2014
4. Fort George
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2014
5. Fort George
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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