Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fort Stanwix, N.Y.-- Part 1

From the National Park Service.

Back in 2014, I wrote about a Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veteran by the name of Major Watson who is buried in McHenry County, Illinois.  He is the only known Revolutionary War veteran buried in McHenry County.  Major Watson was at Fort Stanwix.

Fort Stanwix National Monument in New York was built to protect the Oneida Carrying Place, a six-mile portage connecting the Mohawk River and Wood Creek.  This was a vital link when one was traveling from the ocean to the Great Lakes.  Rome, New York, was built over it.

It is known as the fort that never surrendered.  While under the command of Colonel Peter Gansevoort, Americans fought off a prolonged siege in 1777 by British, German, Loyalist, Canadians and Indians.


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