Verplanck in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
King’s Ferry Offered a Safe Crossing
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Nat’l Hist Trail
“You will be pleased on the receipt of this, to order One hundred and fifty Men to bring thirty of the aforesaid Boats to Kings Ferry . . . ”
Washington to Alexander McDougall, August 18, 1781
In August 1781, the Continental and French Armies were heading south toward Yorktown, Virginia, for one of the American Revolution’s most crucial military engagements. They needed to cross the Hudson River far enough from New York City to avoid interference from the British stationed there. The allied generals chose to cross here, at King’s Ferry, a well-established ½–mile crossing between Verplanck and Stony Point.
Despite the narrow crossing, ferrying two armies across the Hudson created a bottleneck. The Continental Army began crossing on August 21, 1781, and finished the next day.
The French Army also began on August 21st and finished August 25th. Once across the Hudson, the two armies proceeded south through New Jersey on the march to Yorktown.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is August 21, 1781.
Location. 41° 14.93′ N, 73° 57.845′ W. Marker is in Verplanck, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is at the intersection of Hardie Street and Broadway, on the right when traveling south on Hardie Street. 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 (here, next to this marker); In Grateful Remembrance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Story of a River (within shouting distance of this marker); Kings Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington at Verplanck’s Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Kings Ferry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Post Hannock House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle’s Aftermath (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verplanck.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.