|Fort George, Castine, Maine|
|Fort George history plaque|
In 1779, the British military landed in this location and began building Fort George. In response, Massachusetts and the United States sent a force of 43 ships to recapture the territory. With superior forces and fire power, the colonists should have easily taken the fort, the construction of which had just been started and offered little protection. But U.S. forces were not well lead or well disciplined (Paul Revere was later court martialed for cowardice), while the British forces consisted of hardened professionals.
|Fort George. The cement between rocks was full of shells.|
The British were able to hang on to their rapidly growing fort through a few weeks of half-baked battles and incompetent mulling about by the Americans until additional British ships arrived, chasing the Americans up the Penobscot River where all 43 American ships were scuttled. The American survivors were forced to retreat overland back to Boston without food or water. Do you remember learning about this in school? I don't. If you want to look up the history of the this battle, you should know it's not even referred to as a battle, but as the "Penobscot Expedition." I'm now trying to imagine the South referring to the "Gettysburg Expedition."
|Looking across the fort grounds from the outfield|
|Behind home plate inside Fort George|
|Welcome to Fort Madison, Castine, Maine|
|Informational plaque, Fort Madison|
|Penobscot Bay, Fort Madison. Pretend those are big American Ships in 1779.|
|Bonus stairs down to the water. Also, massive Japanese Knotweed.|
Crossing the Penobscot River (observatory is at the top)
|View downstream from the observatory|
|View upstream with Fort Knox located at the sharp bend in the river|
|This one was a tourist trap.|
|Fort Knox, just daring to British to try that "New Ireland" nonsense again.|
|Lots of granite|
The British weren't going to take over THIS fort!
|Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge|