New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Robert Magaw Defended this Position
a brave and unselfish patriot
Colonel Commandant of
who in his own words
“Actuated by the most glorious cause
that mankind ever fought in”
and specially charged with the duty
by General Washington
defended this position
in the momentous assault
November 16, 1776
Born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.......1738
Member of the Committee of Safety......1774
Major of Thompson’s Battalion..............1775
Colonel 5th Pennsylvania Battalion........1776
Commandant of Fort Washington..........1776
Captured November 16..........................1776
Exchanged October 25..........................1780
Colonel 6th Pennsylvania Regiment.......1780
Died at Carlisle, Pa., January 7...............1790
The Society of American Wars, Commandery of the State of New York erected this, his only memorial on the field of battle where his services were rendered to the cause of liberty, April 30, 1923.
Erected 1923 by The Society of American Wars, Commandery of the State of New York.
Topics and series.Forts and Castles • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1812.
Location. 40° 51.045′ N, 73° 56.245′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of W 181st Street and Colonel Robert Magaw Place, on the right when traveling west on W 181st Street. Marker is located on the Fort Washington Collegiate Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Washington (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Highest Point on Manhattan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Plaza Lafayette (approx. ¼ mile away); American Redoubt (approx. 0.4 miles away); McNally Plaza World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Story of a Lighthouse (approx. half a mile away); The Light Still Shines (approx. half a mile away); The Little Red Lighthouse (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Robert Magaw. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 7, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. The Battle of Fort Washington, November 16, 1776 at Fort Washington, New York. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. Battle for Fort Washington. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
4. The Battle of Fort Washington. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,475 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5. submitted on April 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.