Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“For Godís sake, why is the Artillery here not being made use of?”
Captain Clayton, seeing that I belonged to the Artillery said “For Godís sake, why is the Artillery here not being made use of? The enemy are in the hollow and crossing the water!” I replied that the ammunition was not come up, and had it been .. these guns .. could not have been made use of.
In fact, these heavy cannon could not have been lowered far enough to fire on the Light Infantry, who charged to the Upper Works with muskets unloaded, relying solely on their bayonets. In the pitch darkness, the American attackers wore white pieces of paper in their hats to distinguish themselves from the enemy in the ensuing hand-to-hand combat. Captain Henry Champion of Connecticut described his charge up the steep bank of Stony Point with the south column:
The fire was very brisk from cannon and grapeshot and lagrange, as well as from small arms with ball and buckshot, through which our troops advanced with the greatest regularity and firmness without firing a gun or once breaking their order, except to climb the abatis and then forming instantly after passing
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
Location. 41° 14.461′ N, 73° 58.371′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Stony Point Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the walking trail at the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Stony Point NY 10980, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Ö the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did.” (within shouting distance of this marker); “The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours.” (within shouting distance of this marker); British Defenses: The Upper Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Opportunities Missed and Taken (within shouting distance of this marker); Stony Point Battlefield Today (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Ö with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.” (about 300 feet away); The Lighthouse at Stony Point (about 300 feet away); The Battleís Aftermath (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Stony Point.
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains an 18-century
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
Also see . . .
1. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. New York State. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Stoney Point. Account of the battle from the American Revolution War website. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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