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Constitution Island in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Redoubt 5

 
 
Redoubt 5 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
1. Redoubt 5 Marker
Inscription.
During the period when Constitution Island supplemented the major West Point fortifications, the Continental Army sought to protect the Great Chain and river batteries from land attack. Placed on the highest ground of the then treeless island, three redoubts commanded the land approaches.

Typical of several redoubts in the West Point defenses, Redoubt 5 was built with many sides and angles to conform to the terrain. On top of these stone ramparts were earthen parapets, held in place by timber or fascines. The redoubt probably never contained cannon, and intented for its defense were approximately 150 infantrymen.
 
Location. 41° 24.219′ N, 73° 56.987′ 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. Redoubt 6 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gravel Hill Battery (about 600 feet away); The Warner House (about 600 feet away); Hill Cliff Battery (about 700 feet away); Anna B. Warner Memorial Garden
Redoubt 5 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
2. Redoubt 5 Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Chain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Constitution Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fortress West Point (approx. 0.2 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, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on Constitution Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
3. Marker on Constitution Island
The remains of Redoubt 5 can be seen beyond the marker.
Inside Redoubt 5 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
4. Inside Redoubt 5
Stone Foundation of Redoubt 5 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
5. Stone Foundation of Redoubt 5
Great Chain on Constitution Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
6. Great Chain on Constitution Island
Redoubt 5 was to defend the Great Chain that spanned the Hudson River from Constitution Island to West Point.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 8 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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