The Knox Trail - Field Inventory

Knox Trail Monument No. 1 (New York)

Knox Marker #1

Located in the Place d'Arms inside Fort Ticonderoga. Entry to the Fort is east off State Route 22 on State Route 73 about one mile east of the Village of Ticonderoga (Essex County).



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TrailTripTip: Begin the auto trip at monument NY1inside Fort Ticonderoga, the entrance off Route 74 east of Village of Ticonderoga, New York. To find monument NY2, leave the parade grounds inside Fort Ticonderoga heading toward the entrance gate on State Route 74, and watch for marker along south side of park road before you reach the gate.

Context: Knox arrived at Fort Ticonderoga on the evening of December 5, 1775 accompanied by his nineteen-year-old brother William and a servant, Miller. Early the next day, assisted by the garrison of Fort Ticonderoga, he began to move the guns.

It seems probable that Major General Philip Schuyler, Commander of the Northern Department, who had been at Ticonderoga the previous week, had already selected the guns to be sent to Washington. They apparently included forty-three heavy brass and iron cannons, six cohorns, eight mortars, and two howitzers. These were dismounted from their old French and Indian War carriages, which were found to be rotted and weak, removed from the fort walls and assembled in the Place d'Arms.

Knox tackled the heaviest and most cumbersome pieces first. Fortunately an appropriate vessel, a gondola or gundalow, was tied up at the King's dock just below the fort and it was to this landing that he moved the cannon by ox cart.

Historic Maps:

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