Tappan in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
site of the gallows where
Major John Andre, British
spy, was hanged, and
buried, on Oct. 2, 1780.
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Military • Notable Events • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1780.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 41° 1.349′ N, 73° 57.288′ W. Marker was in Tappan, New York, in Rockland County. Marker was at the intersection of Old Tappan Road and Andre Hill and Old Tappan Road, on the left when traveling west on Old Tappan Road. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Tappan NY 10983, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. André Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hickory Hill Cooperative (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tappan Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Manse (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Tappan Historic District (approx. The First Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tappan Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tappan World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tappan.
Also see . . .
1. Major John André. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Autobiography Manuscript of Major Amos Stoddard. 2016 paperback on Amazon.com with the “look inside” feature. (Submitted on March 16, 2021.)
1. Amos Stoddard: A First-Hand Account of the Hanging of Major John André
In his unfinished, handwritten autobiography, found in his military trunk 35 years after his death at Fort Meigs, Ohio, on May 11, 1813, during the War of 1812, Major Amos Stoddard describes the hanging of Major John André at this place.
While stationed at Stoney Point, New York, 17 year-old Amos Stoddard witnessed the escape of General Benedict Arnold from West Point (then known as “Fort Putnam,” or simply as “The Highlands”) by small boat or raft, going south down the Hudson River, around Stoney Point to Haverstraw Bay, and boarding the British ship Vulture. His artillery company was then ordered to march to Orangetown (Tappen, New York). Here, Amos
In his autobiography, published in the 2016 book, The Autobiography Manuscript of Major Amos Stoddard, he describes the event in great detail, providing a rare, unembellished and unbiased first-hand account of the historic event. During a trip to London, England, in 1791, Amos Stoddard was invited to tell his recollection of the event to the brother of Major André — which was greatly appreciated.
— Submitted March 16, 2021, by Robert Stoddard of Idyllwild, California.
2. Marker appears to have been stolen this past spring.
It was first thought the marker had been knocked down by a truck, but the heavy marker may have been cut away from its pole and stolen. Also, just within the past year the marker had been refurbished and repainted. The town has already applied for a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to replace the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,610 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on September 25, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.