West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Clinton was constructed of earth and logs. During the Revolution it contained a powder magazine, barricades, and bombproofs for its garrison of about 700 men. Its armament consisted of 12 cannon and 11 mortars of various calibers. Because Fort Clinton was dominated by higher ground to the south and west, several forts and redoubts were built there to defend it against overland attack. Fort Putnam, the major protective work in the system, can be seen on the treeline to
After the Revolution, Fort Clinton served as an active fort and an arsenal for the storage of arms and equipment. After the Military Academy was founded in 1802, Fort Clinton ceased to be used as a fortification.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1778.
Location. 41° 23.662′ N, 73° 57.158′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Cullum Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the United States Military Academy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Clinton (a few steps from this marker); Kosciuszko (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Malek Tennis Center (about 700 feet away); Battle of Yorktown (about 700 feet away); Battle of Palo Alto (about 700 feet away); Battle of Resaca De La Palma (about 700 feet away); Great Chain Battery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a relief showing the Great Chain spanning the Hudson River between Constitution Island and the site of Fort Clinton.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,225 times since then and 129 times this year. Last updated on February 5, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on September 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2. submitted on September 22, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on September 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 7. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.