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Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“… the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did.”

 
 
"… the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did." Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
1. "… the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did." Marker
Inscription.  
Here, by the innermost abatis, a British eight-inch howitzer – an artillery weapon that could hurl a 45-pound explosive shell a distance of 1900 yards – was aimed towards the shallow waters of Haverstraw Bay to guard the southern flank of Stony Point. However, the main American assault column captured the weapon before it could be loaded or fired.

Lieutenant John Roberts of the Royal Artillery arrived at this battery just as it fell into American hands:

“ … I concluded that the enemy were in possession of the Howitzer Battery and were pushing for the upper work, upon which I bent my steps that way but fell over a log of wood, and several people fell over me before I recovered myself. I have great reason to believe that the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did.”

These men were the vanguard of the American south column which had waded through the bay and around the outward abatis. Their advance might have been stopped by the small British gunboat assigned to protect the area, but it was absent from its post. The remainder of the column swept around the summit and approached
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the Upper Works from the rear. At approximately the same time, on the other side of Stony Point, the north column of Light Infantry was entering the inner abatis and meeting fierce resistance from its defenders.
 
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 41° 14.459′ N, 73° 58.397′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Stony Point Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stony Point NY 10980, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British Defenses: The Upper Works (within shouting distance of this marker); “For God’s sake, why is the Artillery here not being made use of?” (within shouting distance of this marker); “The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours.” (within shouting distance of this marker); Stony Point Battlefield Today (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “By the light occasioned by the flash of the gun I could perceive a body of them...” (about 300 feet away);
Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
2. Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield
Marker is the seventh on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
“… with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.” (about 300 feet away); Opportunities Missed and Taken (about 300 feet away); The Battle’s Aftermath (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains an 18-century map of Stony Point Battlefield by British Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment of Foot highlighting the howitzer battery. The map is reproduced courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Below this is a drawing of “An 8-inch howitzer, from Rammers and Roundshot by Harold L. Peterson. Courtesy of Stackpole Books, Harrisburg Pennsylvania." There is also a map of the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield at the lower left of the marker.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website entry (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
British Soldier at the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2019
3. British Soldier at the Marker
 

2. The Battle of Stoney (sic) Point. American Revolution War website entry (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Haverstraw Bay image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
4. Haverstraw Bay
Maj. Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne led the southern column of the American attack force through these waters to advance on the Upper Works. This photo was taken from near the marker.
Stony Point Howitzer image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
5. Stony Point Howitzer
This howitzer was captured by the Americans during the July 15-16, 1779 battle, possibly from the site of the marker. It is on display at the museum at Stony Point.
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
6. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park
This park preserves the site of one of the last major Revolutionary War battles fought in the northeastern colonies.
Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
7. Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 916 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on July 19, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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