By Joseph E. Stevens
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Touring the Park Begin your tour at the Visitor Center, where a film and exhibits provide information on the history of Fort Stanwix and the role it played in the Revolutionary War. Of particular interest is the large and varied display of eighteenth-century artifacts found by archaeologists excavating the fort grounds prior to the reconstruction in the 1970s. This display can be seen in the West Casemate, directly behind the Visitor Center. Except for the headquarters building, the guardhouse, the sally port, the necessary, and the ravelin, the fort is an accurate reconstruction of the original as it appeared in 1777, the year of the siege.
This wildly exaggerated claim was accepted as fact by Major Pitcairn, and he ordered his nervous soldiers to stop and load their muskets. They approached Lexington just as the sun was coming up; from the village they could hear the rattle of a drum, beating out the call to arms. Certain now that a battle was in the offing, Pitcairn commanded the leading companies to fix bayonets and move into town on the run. The road into Lexington forked in front of a two-and-a-half story high meeting-house; one branch angled right toward Bedford, the other left toward Concord.
The Americans Fortify the Charlestown Peninsula One of the keys to controlling Boston was the Charlestown Peninsula, a lumpy, triangular piece of land that jutted into the estuary formed by the Charles and Mystic rivers. Just beyond the ''Neck," the low, narrow isthmus that connected the peninsula to the mainland, was Bunker Hill, a smooth, round elevation 110 feet high. Approximately 2,000 feet to the south was Breed's Hill, 75 feet high, used as a hayfield and pasturing ground. Southeast of Breed's Hill, the land sloped down to a rocky beach at Moulton's Point; to the southwest lay the small community of Charlestown.
America's National Battlefield Parks: A Guide by Joseph E. Stevens