By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies as provided in our policy.

Knox Trail Marker - Northborough, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 19.211 W 071° 38.269
19T E 282633 N 4688696
Quick Description: The Knox Trail Marker on Route 20 in front of Northborough Town Hall Worcester, MA is number 19 of 26 markers in Massachusetts that commemorate General Henry Knox's transport of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga, NY to Cambridge, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/11/2016 8:29:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMTEDX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:

During 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, which was under Continental Army control, in up-state New York.

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.

To commemorate this heroic trek a series of 56 historical markers denote the route that General Knox and his men travelled that winter. Twenty-six markers were erected in Massachusetts and thirty in New York for a total of fifty-six. The marker has a bronze bas relief sculpture of General Knox and the oxen used to transport the artillery. The marker is inscribed.

THROUGH THIS PLACE PASSED
GENERAL HENRY KNOX
IN THE WINTER OF
1775 - 1776
TO DELIVER TO
GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON
AT CAMBRIDGE
THE TRAIN OF ARTILLERY
FROM FORT TICONDEROGA USED
TO FORCE THE BRITISH ARMY
TO EVACUATE BOSTON
ERECTED BY THE COMMONWEALTH
OF MASSACHUSETTS 1927

Type of Memorial: Monument

Visit Instructions:
VISIT LOGS

1. The waymark coordinates must be personally visited.
2. Give the date and a description of your visit
3. Post at least one photo taken at the time of your visit
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest U.S. Revolutionary War Memorials
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.