Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In early June 1779, at Verplanck’s Point, 70 North Carolina soldiers defended Fort Lafayette against British attack. That night, enemy artillerymen strained to haul several cannon to the summit of Stony Point. By dawn, they were bombarding the small American fort, which surrendered after only a few hours’ resistance.
“We are masters of King’s Ferry,” wrote Sir George Collier, Commodore of the Royal Navy in North America, “and oblige the rebels to make a detour of ninety miles across the mountains …. ”
In September 1780, Major John Andre crossed at King’s Ferry in a futile attempt to return to British lines after conspiring with Benedict Arnold. The ferry also played a
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 41° 14.571′ N, 73° 58.53′ W. Marker was in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker was on Stony Point Park Road, on the left when traveling east. The marker is on a trail located behind the Stony Point museum. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location. The Path to Victory (here, next to this marker); Intrigue at King’s Ferry (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
More about this marker. The marker contains a portrait, by Charles Wilson Peale, 1782, of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), courtesy of Independence National Historical Park. The upper left of the marker features an 18th-century map of Stony Point Battlefield by British Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment of Foot highlighting King’s Ferry. Map is reproduced courtesy of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Another map shows the “Detail from Plan of the Attacks on the Forts Clinton and Montgomery upon Hudson River showing King’s Ferry, published by William Faden, London, 1784. Reproduced courtesy of the New York State Library.” Finally, the lower left of the marker features a map of the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
Also see . . . The Battle of Stoney Point. Account of the battle from the American Revolution War website. (Submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,062 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on December 27, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 7. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.