Verplanck in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
King’s Ferry Oﬀered a Safe Crossing
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Nat’l Hist Trail
“You will be pleased on the receipt of this, to order One hundred and fifty Men to bring thirty of the aforesaid Boats to Kings Ferry . . . ”
Washington to Alexander McDougall, August 18, 1781
In August 1781, the Continental and French Armies were heading south toward Yorktown, Virginia, for one of the American Revolution’s most crucial military engagements. They needed to cross the Hudson River far enough from New York City to avoid interference from the British stationed there. The allied generals chose to cross here, at King’s Ferry, a well-established ½–mile crossing between Verplanck and Stony Point.
Despite the narrow crossing, ferrying two armies across the Hudson created a bottleneck. The Continental Army began crossing on August 21, 1781, and finished the next day.
The French Army also began on August 21st and finished August 25th. Once across the Hudson, the two armies proceeded south through New Jersey on the march to Yorktown.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
Location. 41° 14.93′ N, 73° 57.845′ W. Marker is in Verplanck 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 (here, next to this marker); In Grateful Remembrance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Story of a River (within shouting distance of this marker); Kings Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington at Verplanck’s Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Kings Ferry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Post Hannock House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle’s Aftermath (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verplanck.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a “1781 French-illustrated map showing the well-established route crossing the Hudson between Verplanck and Stony Point in the Revolutionary War era.” A picture at the bottom of the marker depicts “Rochambeau’s French troops crossing the Hudson River at King’s Ferry.”
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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 90 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.