Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts


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About the Book

During the winter of 1776, in one of the most amazing logistical feats of the Revolutionary War, Henry Knox and his teamsters transported cannons from Fort Ticonderoga through the sparsely populated Berkshires to Boston to help drive British forces from the city. This history documents Knox’s precise route—dubbed the Henry Knox Trail—and chronicles the evolution of an ordinary Indian path into a fur corridor, a settlement trail, and eventually a war road. By recounting the growth of this important but under appreciated thoroughfare, this study offers critical insight into a vital Revolutionary supply route.

About the Author(s)

Bernard A. Drew, an associate editor of The Lakeville Journal and its associated weekly newspapers in Northwest Connecticut, has written 50 books. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Bernard A. Drew
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 348
Bibliographic Info: 42 photos, 3 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6276-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8965-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Introduction      1

1. English Fur Traders, 1600s      7

2. King Philip’s War, 1670s      14

3. Dutch Fur Traders, 1700s      21

4. The Great Road      27

5. Housatonic River Valley Settled, 1730s and 1740s      41

6. Seven Years War, I: Fort Saint-Frédéric (Crown Point) Campaign, 1755      61

7. Yorkers at Odds      79

8. Seven Years War, II: Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) Expedition and Canada Reduction Campaign, 1758–1760      85

9. Roads Less Traveled      112

10. Compass and Chain      125

11. Open Rebellion, 1774–1783      134

12. War of Independence, I: Henry Knox, 1775–1776      151

13. War of Independence, II: John Burgoyne, 1777      162

14. Toward War’s End, 1777–1789      191

15. Knox Trail for the Automobile Age, 1920s      207

16. Re-enactors, 1942–2008      214

17. Roads Scholars: Search for the True Knox Trail, 2010      219


A: Nathaniel Austin’s 1764 Road Layout      269

B: Other Heritage Trails      272

C: Other Resources      277

D: Knox Commemoratives      278

Notes      279

Works Consulted      301

Index      325

Book Reviews & Awards

“superb…a great read”—The Berkshire Eagle.