Dorchester Heights Memorial

Thomas Park, G Street

On March 17, 1776 Dorchester Heights was where American colonists aimed their cannons at the unsuspecting British Fleet, forcing British troops to evacuate Boston. It was a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

Henry Knox, from a family of Scots-Irish Presbyterians, dragged the cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, New York to reach Boston in time. General John Sullivan was the commanding officer. The password that day was Boston, the countersign St. Patrick, in honor of the Irish feast day.

The Memorial was dedicated in 1902 and is managed by the National Park Service.

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