Constitution Island in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Intended as the west curtain of the never-completed Fort Constitution, “the . . . battery is a straight line constructed by Mr. Romans, at very great expense; it has fifteen embrasures, which face the river at a right angle, and can only annoy a ship in going past; the embrasures are within twelve feet of each other; the merlons on the outside are but about two feet in the face, and about seven feet deep, made of square timber covered with plank, and look very neat . . . . Upon the whole, Mr. Romans has displayed his genius at a very great expense and to very little publick advantage.”
The powder magazine, located in the northwest corner of the battery, was destroyed with the battery in October 1777. Covered by a vaulted roof of brick and stone, the magazine was constructed to ensure safety. An exterior brick screen at the doorway protected the powder from flying sparks. Inside magazines, nails and barrel hoops were normally copper, a metal less likely than iron to produce sparks accidentally from friction.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1777.
Location. 41° 24.094′ N, 73° 57.214′ W. Marker is on Constitution Island, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on the west side of Constitution Island, at the U.S. 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. Fort Constitution Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Chain (about 500 feet away); Soldiers’ Huts (about 600 feet away); Revolutionary War Constitution Island (about 600 feet away); Fortress West Point (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Chain (about 700 feet away); Anna B. Warner Memorial Garden (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Constitution Island.
Also see . . . The Revolutionary War on Constitution Island. The Constitution Island Association website. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.