Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
On the rise in front of you was located fleche #3, where the British had placed a brass 12-pounder cannon and two 5 and ˝-inch mortars, called Royals, to defend the right flank of the outer abatis. In addition, two Grenadier companies of the 71st Highland Regiment (Fraser’s Highlanders), commanded by Captain Lawrence Robert Campbell, were posted near this location and were among the first troops to respond to the American attack.
Fraser’s Highlanders were members of one of the most famous military units of the day, raised in Scotland in October 1775 by Simon Fraser. Companies of the 71st Highland Regiment served at the battle of Long Island, in the New York and New Jersey campaigns of 1776-1777, and at Yorktown in 1781.
Grenadiers were so named because they were tall, muscular soldiers chosen to hurl the primitive hand grenades of the early 18th century. Long after their original function ceased, they retained their name and remained elite troops. They usually served on detached duty, guarded against sudden attacks, and were often assigned difficult missions. Grenadiers and Light Infantry formed the flank companies of each
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1775.
Location. 41° 14.542′ N, 73° 58.51′ 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. A Crucial Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); The Path to Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); Intrigue at King’s Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); The British Occupy Stony Point (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); British Defenses: The Outer Works (about 300 feet away); 17th British Regiment of Foot (about 300 feet away); The American Strategy (about 300 feet away); Stony Point Battlefield (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker features an 18th-century map of Stony Point Battlefield by British Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment
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 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Stoney (sic) Point. American Revolution War website entry (Submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,322 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.