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Verplanck in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington at Verplanck’s Point

By John Trumbull, 1790

 
 
Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
1. Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker
Inscription.  
The Hudson River and its key crossing site between Verplanck’s Point and Stony Point were important and strategic locations for General George Washington and the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Defending the safe transit of troops and supplies at “Kings Ferry”, and protecting the critically important military outpost in West Point to the north were paramount to the successful effort of the colonists in defeating the British. On July 16, 1779, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, who was put in Command by Washington, launched a nighttime attack on the British army and led a number of skilled American forces into battle as they successfully overtook the British outpost in Stony Point, New York. This battle became known as The Battle of Stony Point and had great importance to the morale of Washington’s forces.

The portrait of General Washington standing with his horse at his side on the hills overlooking the Hudson River in Verplanck, New York was painted by the renowned Revolutionary War artist John Trumbull, and depicts a relaxed Commander-in-Chief in 1782, shortly after the surrender of the British
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at Yorktown, as he watches over the Continental and French troops marching together in a show of respect and gratitude for the French effort on behalf of the colonists. Trumbull painted and presented this portrait to Mrs. Martha Washington in 1790, where it was displayed in the New Room at the Mount Vernon Estate for many years. More information on this portrait painting and one of our greatest leaders and First President can be found at www.mountvernon.org and www.winterthur.org.

Eagle Scout Project, Boy Scouts of America
Presented by James D.K. McCarthy, Troop 49, Ossining, NY
2016

 
Erected 2016 by James D.K. McCarthy, Troop 49, Ossining, NY.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
 
Location. 41° 14.889′ N, 73° 57.777′ W. Marker is in Verplanck, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Riverview Avenue, 0.1 miles Broadway, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Verplanck NY 10596, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Path to Victory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); King’s Ferry Offered a Safe Crossing
Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
2. Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker
(about 400 feet away); The Story of a River (about 400 feet away); Kings Ferry (about 500 feet away); In Grateful Remembrance (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Kings Ferry (approx. half a mile away); Post Hannock House (approx. half a mile away); The Battle’s Aftermath (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verplanck.
 
Marker in Veterans Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
3. Marker in Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
4. Lower Marker
Special Thanks to the following for their invaluable support and encouragement: Wilfredo Morel, Artist/Sculptor • Kenneth J. Lewis (site construction) & Robert Portal (plaque) • Glenn Griffin (stone walkway) • Domenick DeNigris Monuments, Inc., Bronx NY • Town of Cortland Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi & the Members of the Town Board • Scoutmaster Warren Smith and fellow Scouts of Troop 49.
“Washington at Verplanck’s Point” image. Click for full size.
Oil on canvas by John Trumbull, 1790
5. “Washington at Verplanck’s Point”
This 30x20 painting in the collection of the Wintherhur Museum and Country estate. It is described as “George Washington at Verplanck's Point on the North River on September 14, 1782, reviewing the French troops under General Rochambeau on their return from Virginia after the victory at Yorktown.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 903 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5. submitted on January 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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