Verplanck in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington at Verplanck’s Point
By John Trumbull, 1790
The Hudson River and its key crossing site between Verplanck’s Point and Stony Point were important and strategic locations for General George Washington and the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Defending the safe transit of troops and supplies at “Kings Ferry”, and protecting the critically important military outpost in West Point to the north were paramount to the successful effort of the colonists in defeating the British. On July 16, 1779, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, who was put in Command by Washington, launched a nighttime attack on the British army and led a number of skilled American forces into battle as they successfully overtook the British outpost in Stony Point, New York. This battle became known as The Battle of Stony Point and had great importance to the morale of Washington’s forces.
The portrait of General Washington standing with his horse at his side on the hills overlooking the Hudson River in Verplanck, New York was painted by the renowned Revolutionary War artist John Trumbull, and depicts a relaxed Commander-in-Chief in 1782, shortly after the surrender of the British at Yorktown, as he watches over the Continental and French troops marching together in a show of respect and gratitude for the French effort on behalf of the colonists. Trumbull painted and presented
Eagle Scout Project, Boy Scouts of America
Presented by James D.K. McCarthy, Troop 49, Ossining, NY
Erected 2016 by Boy Scouts of America.
Location. 41° 14.889′ N, 73° 57.777′ W. Marker is in Verplanck, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Riverview Avenue 0.1 miles from Broadway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Verplanck NY 10596, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Path to Victory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); King’s Ferry Offered a Safe Crossing (about 400 feet away); The Story of a River (about 400 feet away); Kings Ferry (about 500 feet away); In Grateful Remembrance (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Kings Ferry Post Hannock House (approx. half a mile away); The Battle’s Aftermath (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verplanck.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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