Soldiers' Necessary

Soldiers' Necessary (HM4Q3)

Location: Highland Falls, NY 10928 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 19.504', W 73° 59.23'

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A "necessary" is a privy, or outhouse. In front of you is the vault of the only necessary known to have existed at Fort Montgomery. When it was finished in April 1776, it was described as "a large necessary, for soldiers." It is hard to imagine that this one small building served the needs of hundreds of soldiers, so it is possible that there were other necessaries within the fort that have not yet been identified.

In privies, archeologists usually find large quantities of discarded material like bottles and broken dishes as well as things that were inadvertently lost like coins and buttons. However, relatively little was found at the bottom of Fort Montgomery's necessary. One possible explanation is that soldiers may have avoided using this necessary to keep it in readiness in case the fort was ever besieged.
HM NumberHM4Q3
Placed ByFort Montgomery State Historic Site
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 10:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 584761 N 4575338
Decimal Degrees41.32506667, -73.98716667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 19.504', W 73° 59.23'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 19' 30.24" N, 73° 59' 13.80" W
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Area Code(s)845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 690 US-9W, Highland Falls NY 10928, US
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