Constitution Island in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In winter, when barracks were unavailable, soldiers were generally quartered in huts. Several hut sites remain on Constitution Island. In some the fireplace ruins are in line, while at others no pattern exists.
Regiments normally built huts to exact specifications in ordered rows. Typically, twelve men built and lived in each log hut, which was 14’ by 15’ or 16’, stood about 6½’ high at the eaves, and had a stone fireplace with a chimney of mud and sticks. The men slept in crude wooden bunks and cooked their own meals. Behind the rows of soldiers’ huts were those of the officers, larger buildings often divided into separate rooms. This normal construction pattern may have been followed at some of the Island’s hut sites; apparently it was not at others.
Location. 41° 24.16′ N, 73° 57.321′ W. Marker is in Constitution Island, New York, in Orange County. Click for map. Marker is on Constitution Island, at the U.S. 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. Romans’ Battery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Constitution Area (about 700 feet away); Redoubt 7 (approx. 0.2 Marine Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Chain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Redoubt 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Warner House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anna B. Warner Memorial Garden (approx. Ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Constitution Island.
More about this marker. An image of a soldier hut appears at the upper left of the marker.
Also see . . . The Revolutionary War on Constitution Island. The Constitution Island Association website. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Revolutionary •
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