Powder Magazine

Powder Magazine (HM4QA)

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

N 41° 19.481', W 73° 59.212'

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Fort Montgomery's powder magazine provided a secure, dry place in which to store the garrison's gunpowder and ammunition. The magazine was located here because of the site's good drainage and because of the protection afforded by the rock ridge between it and the river. The magazine was built early in the fort's construction. By the middle of June 1776, its 8-foot-thick walls were completed, and masons were ready to finish its arched brick vault. Once finished, the arch was covered with sandy soil and a roof was built over top to finish the magazine.

Some of Fort Montgomery's powder was produced at Henry Wisner's powder mill 20 miles away in Goshen, New York. The loose powder was stored in the magazine in 100-pound barrels until it was used to make cartridges for muskets and cannons. This magazine served both Forts Montgomery and Clinton. During the battle, however, the British cut off communication between the two forts by capturing the pontoon bridge. When the British overran Fort Clinton, its garrison was running out of ammunition.

From the platform you are standing on, you can look through the powder magazine's doorway into the interior of its foundation.
HM NumberHM4QA
Placed ByFort Montgomery State Historic Site
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 10:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 584787 N 4575296
Decimal Degrees41.32468333, -73.98686667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 19.481', W 73° 59.212'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 19' 28.86" N, 73° 59' 12.72" 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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