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Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“… with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.”

 
 
"… with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
1. "… with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness." Marker
Inscription. Near this location passed the north column of 300 American Light Infantry, commanded by Colonel Richard Butler of Pennsylvania. On the rocky height in front of you was the Flagstaff Battery, which mounted a 12-pounder cannon. This weapon, like many of the others in the Upper Works, was kept unloaded at night, and could not have been lowered enough to fire on infantry below.

Both Light Infantry columns were preceded by a select group of men known as a “forlorn hope,” whose mission was to overcome sentries and remove barriers. It was a dangerous assignment; 17 of these 20 soldiers in the north column were either killed or wounded.

The advance party of Butler’s contingent was led by Major John Steward of Maryland, who later wrote of another Light Infantryman:

“ .. [he] conducted himself through the whole Assault with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.”

The description might well have applied to his own action, since Steward, de Fleury, and Wayne were the only officers awarded medals by the Continental Congress for their courage and valor at the Battle of Stony Point.
 
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
 
Location. 41° 14.508′ N, 73° 58.375′ 
Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
2. Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield
The heights of the Flagstaff Battery can be seen in this photo behind the marker.
W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker can be reached from Stony Point Park Road, on the left when traveling west. 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. Stony Point Battlefield Today (within shouting distance of this marker); “The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours.” (within shouting distance of this marker); Opportunities Missed and Taken (within shouting distance of this marker); “For God’s sake, why is the Artillery here not being made use of?” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); British Defenses: The Upper Works (about 300 feet away); “… the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did.” (about 300 feet away); The Battle’s Aftermath (about 400 feet away); The Lighthouse at Stony Point (about 400 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 map of Stony Point Battlefield by British Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment of Foot highlighting the Flagstaff Battery. The map is reproduced courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Below the map are
Stony Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
3. Stony Point Marker
Marker is the fourteenth on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
a “Portrait of Colonel Richard Butler of Pennsylvania by John Trumbull. Reproduced courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery, Trumbull Collection.” and pictures of the medal awarded to Gen. Wayne. It has the caption “The original gold medal awarded to General Anthony Wayne is now owned by the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.” There is also a map of the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield at the lower left of the marker.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
4. Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
5. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park
This park preserves the site of one of the last major Revolutionary War battles fought in the northeastern colonies.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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