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This series of markers follow the walking tour of the Fort Montgomery Battlefield.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2008
Fort Montgomery Marker
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — 32-Pounder
The modern cannon beside you is an accurate reproduction of a ca. 1760-1780 English 32-pounder cannon. The term “32-pounder” refers to the weight of the cannonball, not the cannon itself, which weighs nearly 6,000 pounds. The casting for . . . — Map (db m7669) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Barracks
You are looking at the foundation of a barracks built in the summer of 1776. This was probably a two-story building with a cellar under the northern half. Artifacts recovered from the site tell us a lot about the soldiers who lived here. In the 18th . . . — Map (db m7623) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Building a Fort
Early in the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress realized that the Hudson River was critical to the American Cause. If the British controlled the river, they could divide the rebellious colonies. Therefore, the Americans began work on Fort . . . — Map (db m7555) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Enlisted Men’s & Officers’ Barracks
The long foundation to the left was a barracks for enlisted men. The short foundation on the right housed the fort’s senior officers and served as a commissary for storing food provisions. Items stored here were controlled and carefully guarded. . . . — Map (db m7624) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Fort Montgomery
Valiantly defended by the 5th New York, Lamb’s Artillery and local militia under Gen. George Clinton against heavy British-led forces October 6, 1777. — Map (db m7385) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Fort Montgomery Today
Welcome to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. Built by Americans early in the Revolutionary War, Fort Montgomery was captured and destroyed by the British in 1777. Except for a small gun battery constructed in 1779, the fort was not rebuilt. In . . . — Map (db m7674) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Grand Battery
Fort Montgomery was built to prevent British ships from sailing up the Hudson River. The centerpiece of the fort’s river defenses was its Grand Battery of six 32-pounder cannons. One of the largest cannons of the Revolutionary War, a 32-pounder was . . . — Map (db m7668) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Guard House
When excavation of the Guard House was completed in 1969, the site was reburied to protect the feature. Therefore, little is visible today. The Guard House was divided into two rooms that reflected dual uses. The southeastern room was where soldiers . . . — Map (db m7630) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — North Redoubt
The term redoubt at Fort Montgomery means a strong point in the fort’s walls. There were three redoubts at Fort Montgomery, including the North Redoubt, which you see here. Two of the redoubt’s walls projected out from the fort so that enemies . . . — Map (db m7577) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Powder Magazine
Fort Montgomery’s powder magazine provided a secure, dry place in which to store the garrison’s gunpowder and ammunition. The magazine was located here because of the site’s good drainage and because of the protection afforded by the rock ridge . . . — Map (db m7633) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Round Hill Redoubt
During the Battle of Fort Montgomery on October 6, 1777, the fort’s undermanned garrison formed a single rank behind the parapet (the fort’s defensive wall). British skirmishers approached the fort keeping up a constant fire. The British then sent a . . . — Map (db m7592) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Round Hill Redoubt
Fort Montgomery’s “Round Hill” redoubt was built to protect a piece of high ground that commanded the rest of the fort. It was one of three redoubts that the Americans built as they realized their gun batteries, which faced the river, . . . — Map (db m7597) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Soldiers’ Necessary
A “necessary” is a privy, or outhouse. In front of you is the vault of the only necessary known to have existed at Fort Montgomery. When it was finished in April 1776, it was described as “a large necessary, for soldiers.” It . . . — Map (db m7626) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Battle Around the Redoubts
Brigadier General George Clinton, the Governor of New York State, commanded Fort Montgomery during the battle of October 6, 1777. Aware the British were approaching, he ordered some of his men to take a 3-pounder cannon down the western road leading . . . — Map (db m7578) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Battle of Fort Montgomery
To aid Lieutenant General John Burgoyne’s British army stalled at Saratoga, Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton sailed from New York with 3,000 British, German, and Loyalist soldiers and a flotilla of warships. On the morning of October 7, 1777, . . . — Map (db m7404) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails
You are walking part of the 1777 historic trail that retraces as nearly as possible the routes taken by the British army during the Revolutionary War. The 1777 trail represents the route taken by British General Sir Henry Clinton’s forces on . . . — Map (db m7671) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery
Accounts of the naval action during the Battle of Fort Montgomery are conflicting. This scene is one impression of how the river might have looked during the battle. "The Shark and Cambden were ordered on the east side of the river to defend the . . . — Map (db m7556) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery
When Sir Henry Clinton’s British troops reached Forts Clinton and Montgomery on October 6, 1777, some of his ships began moving upriver to support them. First came two galleys, the Dependence and the Crane, which were rowed into . . . — Map (db m7622) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Welcome to Fort Montgomery
You are standing near the western end of Fort Montgomery: a Revolutionary War fort built to defend the Hudson Highlands and protect American control of the Hudson River. On October 6, 1777, the British captured Fort Montgomery and destroyed it in . . . — Map (db m7438) HM
New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — West Redoubt
Fort Montgomery’s “West” Redoubt was one of three strong points built to defend the fort from an overland attack. New York State’s Governor, Brigadier General George Clinton, commanded Fort Montgomery during the battle on October 6, . . . — Map (db m7588) HM

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