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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fort Montgomery, New York

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Goshen is the county seat for Orange County
Fort Montgomery is in Orange County
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1New 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 this . . . Map (db m7669) HM
2New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — A Strategic Location
Built near the southern end of the Hudson River Highlands, the Bear Mountain Bridge is approximately 40 miles north of New York City and 90 miles south of Albany. Here, at Anthony’s Nose and Bear Mountain, the river narrows and the terrain becomes . . . Map (db m89527) HM
3New 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 . . . Map (db m7623) HM
4New 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
5New 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
6New 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
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7New 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
8New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Gardens of the Fort
Hello Visitor, please come take a stroll through our period gardens. Regimental Gardens       The raised beds you see in front of you are a recreation of an 18th century garden. Research has shown that the soldiers at Fort Montgomery had . . . Map (db m89609) HM
9New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Garrison Home
Home of Isaac Garrison and son Revolutionary cannoneers Captured at Battle of Fort Montgomery – 1777. Capt. Molly Corbin, Rev. heroine later resided here. Garrison FamilyMap (db m8275) HM
10New 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
11New 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 . . . Map (db m7630) HM
12New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Little Brown Church
Little Brown Church in the dell Fort Montgomery United Methodist Church First church in the area Established 1830Map (db m8276) HM
13New 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
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14New 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
15New 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 . . . Map (db m7592) HM
16New 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
17New 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 is hard to imagine . . . Map (db m7626) HM
18New 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 . . . Map (db m7578) HM
19New 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 m166275) HM
20New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Bridge Builders
The men who built the Bear Mountain Bridge had completed some of the most challenging construction projects of the period. Connected by educational institutions, bridge and engineering companies, and previous projects, all had risen through the . . . Map (db m89529) HM
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21New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Concord Minute Man of 1776By Daniel Chester French
Donated by Ben and Marie Birillo on the occasion of the 125th charter anniversary of the town of Highlands August 17, 1997Map (db m29864) HM
22New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The Escape
As darkness fell and the Battle of Fort Montgomery reached its horrific climax in October of 1777, terrified American defenders were driven from their fort at the points of the enemy bayonets, fleeing for their lives. They clambered down the 120 . . . Map (db m202845) HM WM
23New 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
24New 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
25New 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
26New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — The William J. Moreau Popolopen Bridge
“Bill” Moreau, Chief Engineer at the New York State Bridge Authority for 27 years. He is recognized world-wide and at home in the Hudson Valley for his strong willed, expert dedication to safe bridge design, function and maintenance for . . . Map (db m89612) HM
27New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Three Sisters Garden
      The raised mounds you see to the rear are a recreation of a native “Three Sisters” garden. Corn, beans, and squash, the Three Sisters were companion crops planted by the natives. As the story goes, the Three Sisters augmented . . . Map (db m89611) HM
28New 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
29New York (Orange County), Fort Montgomery — Welcome to Historic Fort Montgomery
Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle on October 6, 1777. In a daring attack, a British force overwhelmed a brave defense by outnumbered patriots. (upper left caption) Visit Trailside Museums and Zoo to see . . . Map (db m193676) HM
30New 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, 1777. Clinton . . . Map (db m7588) HM
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Oct. 5, 2022