When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
October 6, 1777 Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton taken
On October 6, 1777, the British Army, led by Henry Clinton, attacked Forts Montgomery and Clinton, supported by cannon fire from British ships on the Hudson River. By the end of the day, both forts had fallen to the British, who burned the forts and tore down the stonework buildings. However, the battle was a pyrrhic victory for the British. The campaign against the forts caused delays in reinforcing General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, where Americans forced the British surrender ten days later at the Battle of Saratoga before Clinton’s forces could arrive.
Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery were a pair of American Revolutionary War fortifications located at the confluence of the Popolopen Creek and the Hudson River. The forts defended a Hudson River Chain that stretched from Fort Montgomery on the west side of the Hudson River to Anthony’s Nose on the east side.
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