Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
On the night of July 15-16, 1779, Brigadier General Anthony Wayne of Pennsylvania led the American Light Infantry in a midnight assault against a British force that had occupied Stony Point. Approximately one hour later, the garrison had been captured by two American columns that had outflanked the front line defenses; the main assault column waded through the shallow waters of Haverstraw Bat on the south, while a secondary column approached around the north side of the peninsula.
In 1826, Stony Point became the site of a lighthouse built to guide ships through the narrow passage of Haverstraw Bay at the southern end of the Hudson Highlands. The lighthouse survives as the oldest on the Hudson River, and was restored and relighted in 1995.
Today at Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, a museum with exhibits and an audiovisual program tell the story of the battle. Guided and self-guided tours, as well as musket and artillery demonstrations, 18th-century camp life activities, and numerous special events are scheduled throughout the visitor season.
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Battlefield Trails - Revolutionary War series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 15, 1936.
Location. 41° 14.439′ N, 73° 58.542′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Stony Point Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the parking lot of Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. 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. "I … imagined them to be British Troops, but found my mistake by being wounded and taken prisoner." (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stony Point State Park (about 400 feet away); British Defenses: The Outer Works (about 400 feet away); The American Strategy (about 400 feet away); 17th British Regiment of Foot (about 400 feet away); Stony Point Battlefield (about 400 feet away); Capture of Stony Point (about 400 feet away); “By the light occasioned by the flash of the gun I could perceive a body of them...” (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
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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 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Stoney (sic) Point. American Revolution War website entry (Submitted on September 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. Stony Point Lighthouse. Hudson Riverlights website entry (Submitted on September 23, 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 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,399 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.