Did you know that in 1775 Henry Knox started his historic effort to move cannons and other heavy weaponry from Fort Ticonderoga to the Continental Army camps outside of Boston? This operation is called, “one of the most stupendous feats of logistics” during the American Revolutionary War. Henry Knox selected 59 weapons, weighing a total of 119,000 pounds. For ten weeks, they used boats, ox-drawn sledges, and manpower to move the equipment through rough winter terrain. The Henry Knox Trail or ‘Knox Cannon Trail’, marks the path Henry Knox took from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to Boston, Massachusetts.
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The herculean effort to move the heavy weaponry is also known as the ‘noble train of artillery’. George Washington wrote that “no trouble or expense must be spared to obtain them [the heavy weapons]”.
Some of the of the cannons selected by Henry Knox were 11 feet long and weighed 5,000 pounds each.
After this feat, Henry Knox went on to become the chief artillery officer of the Continental Army and then the first United States Secretary of War.
Henry Knox was good friends with George Washington as well as Alexander Hamilton.