In what remains one of the most dramatic strategic moves of the Revolutionary War, General Henry Knox dragged an
assemblage of cannons overland from Fort Ticonderoga to the heights overlooking the British-occupied city of Boston.
Delivery of this artillery to General Washington forced the British evacuation of the city the next spring, resulting in one of the
early victories for the American Army.
Knox's "train of artillery" was in part carried over today's New York State Rt. 4
through Northumberland to the village of Schuylerville.
In 1926 56 granite and bronze monuments were erected to mark the 290 mile
Heritage Trail between Ft Edward and Boston. Three monuments in close
proximity to Hudson Crossing Park are at Knox Trail Pocket Park at the foot of
Stark's Knob Road, another at the south end of Schuylerville, the third just
10 miles to the south, in Bemis Heights.
"The Nobel Train of Artillery" (left), consisted of Col. Henry Knox and men
painted by Tom Lovell currently on exhibit at the Ticonderoga Museum. In the
winter of 1775-76 Colonel Knox successfully hauled this "train of artillery" from
Fort Ticonderoga to Boston to help George Washington force the British out of
The Knox Trail Pocket Park, with convenient parking and just a short walk
from Stark's Knob, provides picnic tables and interpretive signs. The Turning
Point at Olde Saratoga Rotary Club has adopted this Hudson Crossing Pocket
Park, helping to care for flower beds and landscaping.
A trio of flags and split rail fencing on the corner of N.Y.S. Route 4 and Stark's
Knob Road beckons travelers to pause for a few moments to check out
this historic site. For more about this trail, and other sign locations tap HERE
In July of 2013, Dave Fagerberg met
Darryl Dumas at the Konx Trail marker.
Dave, is an 18th century reenactor with an
interest in historic military trails. He enjoys
promoting these trails by walking rather
than driving them. "I am able to view some
of the same buildings & countrysides the
soldiers did in the 18th century." By
walking a trail he helps bring a unique
awareness of its existence to the many
people he encounter along the way.
Colonel Henry Knox
About the Knox Trail: (Courtesy of Dave Fagerberg)
In December 1775, General George Washington ordered 25 year old Colonel Henry Knox to
travel from Boston to Fort Ticonderoga in New York state to obtain 59 captured artillery pieces
and bring them back to Boston. These cannons included ones taken from both the fort at Crown
Point and Fort Ticonderoga. At this time, the British occupied the city of Boston. The plan was to
have these cannons placed on Dorchester Heights over-looking the Boston Harbor where the
British fleet was anchored.
Colonel Knox successfully hauled this "train of artillery" to Boston arriving on January 24th, 1776.
In March of 1776, the British were forced to evacuate the city once they realized their fleet would
be destroyed by the artillery. Knox's journey was an enormous feat! Traversing deep snow,
frozen rivers and very cold temperatures ...his efforts should be known by many more Americans
than they currently are.
Colonel Henry Knox went on to become a Major General and was the top artillery commander
during the entire Revolutionary War. He also became the nation's first Secretary of War.
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