Mount Independence

Mount Independence (HM5WX)

Location: Orwell, VT 05760 Addison County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 49.225', W 73° 23.167'

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Bastion of the Revolution

Fortification was begun in June of 1776, and the name Mount Independence was bestowed following the Declaration of Independence. Lieut. Col. Jeduthan Baldwin was the chief construction engineer. Here the exhausted American Army, Northern Department, was stationed after withdrawing from its disastrous Canadian Campaign. Built on a rocky plateau and stoutly fortified, the post was a natural stronghold facing any approaching foe from the north. Within its rugged confines thousands of New Englanders, many succumbing to illness and lack of supplies, were quartered. Because of its commanding position and formidable battle works, which made it more powerful at the moment than impaired Ticonderoga, it checked for a year a British thrust southward, until at the fall of its companion fortress across the channel it was evacuated in the early morning darkness of July 6, 1777. This critical year of reprieve gave the American forces time to organize farther south, meet and destroy General Burgoyne at Saratoga, win French support, and eventually subdue General Cornwallis at Yorktown, fulfilling the prophecy of the mountain's name.

Erected by Vermont Society Sons of the American Revolution in observance of the Bicentennial year of Independence, 1976.
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HM NumberHM5WX
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Revolutionary War series, and the Sons of the American Revolution series.
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Year Placed1976
Placed ByVermont Society Sons of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 2:11am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629782 N 4853192
Decimal Degrees43.82041667, -73.38611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 49.225', W 73° 23.167'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 49' 13.50" N, 73° 23' 10.02" W
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Area Code(s)802
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4845-5007 Mt Independence Rd, Orwell VT 05760, US
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