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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tappan in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Andre Monument

Andre Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
1. Andre Monument Marker
On the hill south is the
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 and monument is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable EventsWar, 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. Major John André (a few steps from this marker); 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);
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The Manse (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Tappan Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tappan Vietnam Veterans 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 with the “look inside” feature. (Submitted on March 16, 2021.) 
Additional commentary.
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.
Marker on Old Tappan Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
2. Marker on Old Tappan Road
His artillery company was then ordered to march to Orangetown (Tappen, New York). Here, Amos Stoddard was posted next to the wagon where Major André was to be hung. He provides a first-hand account of the march of Major André to the wagon, his mounting the wagon, and his being blindfolded and hung. He clearly heard most of what was said by Major André as he stood on the wagon at the gallows.

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.
André Monument Historic Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
3. André Monument Historic Site
The site of the execution of Maj. John André is just up the hill from the marker.
    — Submitted July 29, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
André Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 28, 2008
4. André Monument
This site is owned by the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society.
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 1,924 times since then and 156 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.

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