Crown Point Crown Point is finally getting credit for its role in a key Revolutionary War event.
The New York State Daughters of the American Revolution have donated $2,000 for a bronze historic marker to be erected at the Crown Point State Historic Site. The marker, to be placed by the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site, will note Crown Point as the beginning of the “Knox Trail,” also known as the artillery trail.
“It is a pleasure for me to present our $2,000 contribution that we would like Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site to use to erect a historic marker, to complete the artillery (Knox) trail by noting the capture at Crown Point of 111 artillery pieces,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, New York State DAR Regent. “We are truly delighted to have this opportunity to support your important work in telling this chapter in America’s story.”
In 1775, Gen. George Washington arrived in Boston, taking command of the army. There he met and developed a friendship with Col. Henry Knox, an expert on colonial artillery. Knox suggested to Washington that 50 cannon captured by American forces at Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga, be brought to Boston. Using barges, bateaux and oxen-driven sleds, Knox led the march to deliver the artillery.
In March 1776, Washington seized Dorchester Heights outside Boston and Knox placed the cannon in position there. Realizing the threat of an impending American bombardment, the British withdrew from the city. The next day triumphant Americans claimed the city.
“While just about everyone knows that on May 10, 1775, Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and 83 Green Mountain Boys captured Ticonderoga and its 78 pieces of heavy artillery, few know that the very next day 100 Green Mountain Boys, led by Seth Warner, likewise liberated nearby Crown Point from British control,” Mathew Anderson, president of the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site, said. “On May 15, Allen and Arnold arrived at Crown Point and ordered militiamen to inventory and salvage materials that survived a 1773 fire. The greatest prize — 111 cannon, of which 65 were immediately usable — were inventoried at Crown Point, along with tons of cannon balls and musket balls.”