The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers of the American Revolution was dedicated on July 4, 1976 when the remains of eight Continental Army soldiers, identified by their regimental uniform buttons, were re-interred. The remains were found during an archeological dig at what was once the site of Fort Stanwix. The fort, manned by soldiers under the command of Col. Peter Gansevoort, was put under siege by the British and their Indian allies from August 2 to 22, 1777. It has been said that Fort Stanwix is where the "Stars and Stripes" first flew in battle, lending a particular honor and interest to this site and the soldiers interred here. The Tomb was the last architectural work of Lorimer Rich, who also co-designed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Tomb stands on a small park plot on the corner of North James and West Liberty Streets in Rome, New York, and is located near the northwest corner of the restored Fort Stanwix National Monument.
Visitation available all-year. Gate is open for special events and by request.
"For generations, the seasons of low water, the bateaux of traders and the armies were here removed from the Mohawk (as the river then flowed) and conveyed across the Oneida Carrying Place to be relaunched in Wood Creek. Here August 2, 1777 Lt. Henry Bird commanding St. Ledger's advance guard composed of 30 regulars and a party of Indians under Joseph Brant established the first camp of the British investment of Fort Stanwix. This was attacked and looted Aug. 6 by Lt. Col. Willett and 250 Continental troops. Capt. Lerndult and 100 British regulars then erected here a fortified camp with a cannon and held it for the remainder of the siege. Here also was the lock, the starting point for the first canal connecting the waters of the Mohawk and Wood Creek commenced by the Western Inland Lock and Navigation Co. in 1792." From inscription
The stone and pathway is located on Martin Street, near the intersection of Mill and Martin Streets. Coordinates are: 43° 11.924′ N, 75° 26.687′ W
This site is open to the general public all-year, at any time. Please contact Rome Historical Society if you would like to set up a guided tour.
RHS - statement regarding project at former Erie Canal Village
On Saturday October 5, 2019 the Rome Historical Society discovered in a field adjacent to its Fort Bull/Wood Creek property the construction of what is now known to become the wall of a fort, which is to include a gate and block houses erected on each end for reenactment purposes, on the property of the former Erie Canal Village.
As there is a deed restriction that requires review by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation prior to the commencement of any ground disturbance at the property we alerted the appropriate agencies. Images of the project show large posts being tarred and driven into the ground, severe rutting caused by machinery, and other extreme ground scarring occurring as a direct result of this project.
Additionally, this harmful activity is occurring less than 100 feet from the Rome Historical Society’s Fort Bull/Wood Creek property, which is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. We believe that this project is contributing to the unconscionable and willful destruction of one of the City’s most important and historic archaeological sites and we condemn this irresponsible action.
As this site is widely known within the community to be a proposed location of the original Fort Bull and with the recent discovery of exploded British grenade fragments found during the American Battlefield Protection Program’s ongoing archaeological survey of our property, this entire area can be considered a battlefield, which may include a burial site.
The Fort Bull Research Group has, in the past, assisted the Rome Historical Society by volunteering their time to maintain and interpret the Society’s Fort Bull/Wood Creek property, for which the Society is grateful. However, it also appears that the Fort Bull Research Group supports this destructive project. Consequently, the Rome Historical Society wishes to inform its Partners, the City and the public that it has disassociated itself from the Fort Bull Research Group, an unincorporated group of individuals who are not chartered in NYS, not a 501c3 under IRS code and are not registered with the NYS Charities Bureau.
Regretfully it has become apparent that the Fort Bull Research Group is complicit with Cross Roads Redemption Church in a misguided, irreversibly destructive construction project at the former Erie Canal Village and with the commencement of this project being conducted in violation of the known deed restriction, the Rome Historical Society is gravely concerned that individuals and/or groups that claim to be dedicated to preserving history are in fact condoning, endorsing, and publicizing this regrettable error in judgement that has compromised one of Rome’s most significant archaeological sites. Those wishing to preserve our City’s history should protect our irreplaceable cultural resources, not destroy them.
These actions are not preservation.
The Rome Historical Society’s mission is to actively research, collect, preserve, and present the historical importance of Rome, NY and to serve as an educational and community resource.
We applaud the City, State, and others in their actions to ensure that this project was stopped and that all applicable reviews and permitting is being enforced, thank you.
The Battle of Fort Bull was a French attack on the British-held Fort Bull on March 27th, 1756, early on in the French and Indian War. The fort was built to defend a portion of the waterway connecting Albany, New York to Lake Ontario via the Mohawk River. Lt. Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros De Léry led his command, consisting of forces from the Troupes de la Marine, Canadian militia, and Indian allies, on an attack against Fort Bull on March 27, 1756. Shielded by trees, they sneaked up to within 100 yards (91 m) of the fort. De Léry then ordered a charge at the fort with bayonets. They stuck their muskets into the narrow openings in the fort and shot the defenders. De Léry repeatedly asked for their surrender and was refused. Finally, the gate was crashed in and the French and Indians swarmed in, killing everyone they saw. The French soldiers looted what they could and set the powder magazines on fire. The fort was burned to the ground.
The marker and remains of Fort Bull are located behind the Erie Canal Village on Rome-New London Road, State Route 46, in Rome, NY. Coordinates are:
43° 13'34.9" N 75° 30'09.2" W
This site is only open by guided tour. To schedule a tour, please contact Rome Historical Society.