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West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Putnam

 
 
Fort Putnam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
1. Fort Putnam Marker
Inscription.
Fort Putnam was designed to protect other fortifications at West Point from overland attack . . . not to fire on enemy ships sailing up the Hudson River; thus, it was a key fortification in West Point’s defensive zone. Situated on Crown Hill, 500 feet above sea-level, Fort Putnam had a commanding view of the West Point Plain where Fort Arnold and its batteries (center) and Sherburne’s Redoubt (left) were located. Forts Webb, Wyllys and Meigs (below right on the hill beyond Lusk Reservoir) were also under Fort Putnam’s protection. No trees obstructed views to these other fortifications during the Revolutionary War. Over 420 soldiers, excluding artillerymen, were needed to man Fort Putnam.
 
Location. 41° 23.398′ N, 73° 57.817′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Delafield Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located inside of Fort Putnam on the grounds of the United States Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannon (here, next to this marker); Fort Arnold (here, next to this marker); Sherburne’s Redoubt (here,
Marker inside Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
2. Marker inside Fort Putnam
next to this marker); Casemates (a few steps from this marker); Artillery and Mortars (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Putnam (a few steps from this marker); North and South Redoubts (a few steps from this marker); Archeology, 1974 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Entrance to Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, Marker
3. Entrance to Fort Putnam
Fort Putnam Artillery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, Marker
4. Fort Putnam Artillery
Inside Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
5. Inside Fort Putnam
View from Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
6. View from Fort Putnam
The Hudson River and the West Point Plain are visible in this photo taken from Fort Putnam. The West Point Chapel can also be seen in the center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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