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Intrigue at King’s Ferry

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
1. Intrigue at King’s Ferry Marker
Inscription.  
The crucial King’s Ferry crossing between Stony Point and Verplanck was guarded on both sides of the river by small American garrisons for most of the Revolutionary War. Military passes were required for using the ferry.

In 1780 American Major General Benedict Arnold and British Major John Andre conspired to deliver the plans of West Point to the British. Arnold offered to hand over the fortress in exchange for money and an independent command in the British Army.

Having met with Arnold near Haverstraw in the early morning of September 22nd, Andre crossed at King’s Ferry in the evening in a futile attempt to return to British lines. Arnold escaped when the plot was discovered. Andre was captured the morning of September 23rd carrying incriminating information and taken to Tappen, where he was tried by court-martial and executed as a spy on October 2nd.

”His Majesty’s troops have taken possession of it, and are also fortifying the strong post of Stoney-point, by which we are masters of King’s ferry, and oblige the rebels to make a detour of ninety miles across the mountains to communicate with the country
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
2. Intrigue at King’s Ferry Marker
Two other NPS waysides share the site.
east of Hudson’s river.”
Sir George Collier, Commodore of the British Royal Navy, after the British captured King’s Ferry in July 1779. (The Americans retook the location four months later.)
 
Erected by National Parks Service.
 
Location. 41° 14.571′ N, 73° 58.532′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, 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. The Path to Victory (here, next to this marker); A Crucial Crossing (here, next to this marker); Fraser’s Highlanders (within shouting distance of this marker); British Defenses: The Outer Works (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The British Occupy Stony Point (about 500 feet away); 17th British Regiment of Foot (about 500 feet away); The American Strategy (about 500 feet away); Stony Point Battlefield (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
 
Regarding Intrigue at King’s Ferry. One of three wayside markers belonging to the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail series. They replace an earlier site-specific battlefield marker.
 
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
3. Intrigue at King’s Ferry Marker
The three NPS waysides overlook this narrowing of the Hudson River and the strategic crossing.
Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
4. Inset
“This map of Stony Point highlights the King’s Ferry dock and nearby musket flesch, or fortification, used to protect the dock. The map was drawn by British Lieutenant William Marshall, 63rd Regiment of Foot, sometime between 1780 and 1783.”
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
5. Inset
“Detail from Plan of the Attacks on the Forts Clinton and Montgomery upon Hudsons River showing King’s Ferry, published by William Fadan, London, 1784.”
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
6. Inset
"Portrait of British Major John Andre"
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By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
7. Inset
Benedict Arnold
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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