The Battles of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton

The regiment included many veterans of General Richard Montgomery’s invasion of Canada. The regiment garrisoned Fort Montgomery in the Hudson Highlands early in 1777. The British killed or captured 98 out of 312 present on October 6, 1777 when they stormed Forts Montgomery and Clinton. Together with about 300 ulster and orange county militia, the 5th held off multiple British attacks causing many casualties to the British and Loyalist forces, especially from their officers. After skirmishing, ambushing, and then beating back these assaults the Forts finally fell after a combined assault of about 2,100 enemy.