Archeologists dig at the Crown Point fort, once Britain's largest fortification on the continent
Crown Point had a major role in shaping North America, but today it is a scenic historic site with the remains of the original French fort and the ruins of what was once Britain`s largest fortification on the continent.
Arming a Nation
The Henrys were among the most prolific gunmakers in early America, and the arms they made had a key role from the French and Indian War through the Civil War.
History is everywhere at West Point
George Washington called it "the key to the continent." Baron Frederick von Steuben - who trained American infantryman there in 1780 - wrote: "Let us... hold West Point, and the end of our campaign will be glorious."
Museum lands rare Continental Army flintlock pistol
As the 13 colonies prepared to go to war, craftsmen at James Hunter`s Rappahannock Forge in Falmouth were turning out weapons like flintlock pistols for the Continental Army.
Revolutionary War-era Natives didn't wear feathers, use bows
People who think that Revolutionary War-era Native Americans shot bows and arrows at General George Washington's soldiers or wore nothing but feathers are way off the mark. So says Colonel James McHenry, played by Park Ranger Eric Olsen. He gives tours of the historic Mansion that headquartered Washington during parts of the Revolutionary War by weaving in stories about how different ethnic groups contributed to or against the cause of gaining independence from the British. The time was April 1780, and Washington's men were having trouble with the "savages," many of whom were siding with the British.
Old coastal forts a reminder of original homeland security fears
An opposing army hasn't marched against Fort Phoenix for almost two centuries. But in its prime, this was among dozens of seacoast fortifications protecting New England from attack, and many remained armed until the last world war. Every attack exposed new flaws, and flaws led to new forts: a progression apparent with a little touring. Visiting seacoast fortifications is getting easier as towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts market old forts as day-trip attractions. The remains of Fort Phoenix represent a century of problem solving, said Chris Richard, who has studied the fort's history.