During the American Revolution, the jail became Fort Johnstown as well as a military prison. The structure was fortified with a surrounding palisade and lookout towers at diagonal corners. It was manned by militia companies to protect the Sacandaga from enemy infiltration.
Fort Johnstown served as a base for Col. Marinus Willett and 400 militia on October 25, 1781, when a British raiding party of over 700 Loyalists and Indians withdrew through Johnstown after burning a great swath of the Mohawk Valley.
Willett's men attacked the retreating British in a battle strung along the route of today's Johnson Avenue. An interpretive sign marks the final battle site in a field northeast of Johnson Hall.
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|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:33am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 551275 N 4761330|
|Decimal Degrees||43.00291667, -74.37088333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 43° 0.175', W 74° 22.253'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||43° 0' 10.50" N, 74° 22' 15.18" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 116 S Perry St, Johnstown NY 12095, US|
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