An overview of the events leading up to, during, and after the fateful battle of October 1777 in which the outnumbered American defenders suffered defeat but arguably managed to turn the tide of war leading to eventual victory for the patriots. From Jan Sheldon Conley, descendant of a militiaman who fought in that battle, readers learn about one of the most important historical sites in the Hudson River Highlands. Complete with illustrations.
The Battle of Fort Montgomery: A Short History
About the Book
Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, located just north of Bear Mountain and south of West Point, were built for the defense of the Hudson Highlands in 1776. It was here that British and loyalist troops overwhelmed Brigadier General George Clinton’s outnumbered patriots in October 1777. Although the Americans lost the battle for the Highlands, it was the heroic efforts of the men at Forts Montgomery and Clinton that may have saved the day and turned the tide of the war. A relative handful of Americans, fighting valiantly, aided in delaying British reinforcements from joining General John Burgoyne in the upper Hudson Valley and allowed General Horatio Gates to gain much needed military reinforcements in time to ultimately win Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga.
About the Author
Jan Sheldon Conley is a long-time resident of Fort Montgomery and a descendant of a militiaman who fought there. She has served as a trustee of the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association and was its first secretary.