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|The ruins of Fort Montgomery. Photo taken by the author, 2004. Inset: Demolition of the fort is underway in this photo provided courtesy of the Clinton County Historical Association. In the photo second tier casemate floors remain, as does the whole of curtain IV to the north. The gorge had each floor section removed. All of curtain IV and V of the fort were demolished. Virtually nothing remains of these sections.|
Following Fort Blunder...
North through the gorge officer's quarters
After inspecting the area around the entrance, or postern, we continued our exploration through the remains of the gorge. Here were located quarters for the Officers, storage rooms, kitchens and the like. Soldier's barracks, planned to abut curtains I and II were never completed. Having seen the original plans for this section, we were amazed at the utter devastation we witnessed. The contractors had succeeded in removing each floor, leaving only the arches and great curved ceilings. Incredibly, some of the plaster still clung to the ceilings. We could clearly see the supports for the floors, and the great brick fireplaces stood out forlornly along each north/south section. I couldn't help but wonder if any had ever held a fire to ease the chill from the bitter winds that blow over the water.
Soon, we were close to the section where the northwestern bastion was located. Deep within this section was located a magazine- it remains, but beyond this point the destruction becomes complete. We walked into the magazine, marveling at how every scrap of the fine wooden interior wall and its supports was gone. We looked out over what used to be the moat from within the remains of a room close to the magazine. All along this gorge wall were located musket loopholes facing the massive cover-face across the moat.
Above: left, view within the gorge looking north. Right, view towards moat from within a room inside the gorge. Note the rifle embrasure and the supports for the floor. Click on the thumbnails to see a full-size image.
Images of the northern-most section of the gorge
Finally, after spending some time investigating the first of the powder magazines we were to encounter, we crossed the parade to Bastion C along the lake. Nothing remains of the entire north and eastern fronts.
The author is grateful to the Clinton County Historical Association, Powertex, Inc., Feinberg Library and the late Ralph Gilpin for permission to publish images from their collections.
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