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Verplanck in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington at Verplanck’s Point

By John Trumbull, 1790

 
 
Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
1. Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker
Inscription.
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
Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
2. Washington at Verplanck’s Point Marker
this portrait to Mrs. Martha Washington in 1790, where it was displayed in the New Room at the Mount Vernon Estate for many years. More information on this portrait painting and one of our greatest leaders and First President can be found at www.mountvernon.org and www.winterthur.org.

Eagle Scout Project, Boy Scouts of America
Presented by James D.K. McCarthy, Troop 49, Ossining, NY
2016

 
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
Marker in Veterans Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
3. Marker in Veterans Memorial Park
(approx. half a mile away); 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
 
Lower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 30, 2017
4. Lower Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 161 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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