General Henry Knox with Cannon Sculpture - Otis, MA
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 11.585 W 073° 05.552
18T E 657496 N 4672975
Quick Description: The town of Otis celebrated its bicentennial, in 2010, by recalling its Revolutionary War history with a sculpture of General Henry Knox.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 7:12:46 AM
Waymark Code: WME1XF
During the Revolutionary War, in the winter of 1775-1776, General George Washington held the high ground around Boston while the British were firmly in control of the city. If Washington had artillery he could dislodge the British and retake Boston. The nearest available artillery was at Fort Ticonderoga, in up-state New York, which was under Continental Army control.
General Henry Knox then was commissioned, in December 1775, by General Washington to secure these artillery pieces and transport them from New York, through Massachusetts, to Dorchester Heights outside Boston. To do this General Knox successfully crossed the Berkshire Mountains and several large rivers, in winter, with fifty-nine pieces of artillery. When the artillery arrived in Boston, in early March 1776, General Howe realized the hopelessness of his position and evacuated the city.
The route through New York and Massachusetts is known as the Knox Trail and passes through the town of Otis, in the hills of western Massachusetts. To commemorate this historic trek and in honor the bicentennial anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Otis, a statue of General Knox, composed of welded metal parts and created by Gordon Chandler, was donated to the town by Charles Rosenblum. General Knox is standing upright next to and touching a cannon. A nearby granite tablet is inscribed:
THIS SCULPTURE DEPICTS GENERAL HENRY KNOX
DONATED TO THE TOWN OF OTIS BY HAYES POND RESIDENT
CHARLES ROSENBLUM IN JUNE 2010 IN HONOR OF
THE OTIS BICENTENNIAL. THE WORK BY GORDON CHANDLER
COMMEMORATES THE GENERAL'S ARDUOUS TREK. HAULING
60 TONS OF CANNON AND AMMUNITION FROM FT. TICONGEROGA
NY, PASSING THROUGH OTIS IN 1775-1776. HE SUCCEEDED IN
STOPPING THE BRITISH SIEGE OF BOSTON. HIS ROUTE
BECAME KNOWN AS THE KNOX TRAIL.