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Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

King’s Ferry

 
 
King’s Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
1. King’s Ferry Marker
Inscription.  Below you, between Stony Point and Verplanck’s Point on the opposite shore, the Hudson River narrows to a width of three-quarters of a mile. All travelers, Continental Army troops, supplies, communications, both military and civil, passing between New England and the states to the south, had to cross the river at King’s Ferry to avoid the British forces occupying New York City during the Revolutionary War.

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
Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
2. Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield
Marker is the seventeenth and final marker on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
role in the last major battle of the war when a combined force of American and French troops made the river crossing on the way to Yorktown, Virginia. On August 20-21, 1781, 2500 American soldiers were ferried across; 3500 French troops, under Comte De Rochambeau, completed their crossing on August 25.
 
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.
Stony Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
3. Stony Point Marker
The "King’s Ferry" marker is on a trail located behind the Stony Point museum.
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 . . .  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.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Site of King’s Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
4. Site of King’s Ferry
This photo, taken from in front of the marker, shows the site of the ferry between Stony Point on the left of the Hudson River and Verplanck's point on the right.
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
5. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park
This park preserves the site of one of the last major Revolutionary War battles fought in the northeastern colonies.
Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
6. Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour
King’s Ferry: Replacement waysides image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 7, 2019
7. King’s Ferry: Replacement waysides
Three NPS waysides overlooking this narrowing of the Hudson River and the strategic crossing replace the original site-specific battlefield marker.
 

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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.
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