Constitution Island in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Built in 1778 on the islandís highest ground, Redoubt 7 blocked the western land approach to the Great Chainís anchor on Constitution Island. In constructing the redoubtís stone rampart, the Army used a large granite outcropping as part of the southwest wall. On this rampart was an earthen parapet held in place by timber or fascines. About 80 infantrymen, unsupported by cannon, were expected to defend Redoubt 7.
In 1782, with the war drawing to a close, Henry Knox, the West Point commandant, wrote George Washington that “the West redoubt on Constitution Island has a roof put upon it, and is otherways prepared as a temporary deposite of powder.” Its use as a magazine continued until 1797, when all of the powder was transferred to West Point.
Location. 41° 24.182′ N, 73° 57.503′ W. Marker is in Constitution Island, New York, in Orange County. Click for map. Marker is on the west side of 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. Soldiersí Huts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Romansí Battery (approx. ľ mile away); Fort Constitution Area (approx. 0.3 miles Marine Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Redoubt 6 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Great Chain (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Warner House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Revolutionary War Constitution Island (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Constitution Island.
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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