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Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

British Defenses: The Outer Works

 
 
British Defenses: The Outer Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
1. British Defenses: The Outer Works Marker
Inscription. After cutting down most of the trees at Stony Point to reduce cover for potential attackers and create a “field of fire” for artillery, the British constructed two sets of fortifications – the Outer Works, located near the present museum building – and the Upper Works, an unenclosed, incomplete fort located closer to the river and comprised of earth and rock formations. Both works were situated on rugged terrain that afforded commanding views. The British navy also controlled the Hudson River, and protected the Stony Point peninsula. A small gunboat guarded the shallow waters of Haverstraw Bay in the south, while the HMS Vulture patrolled the deeper water on the northern flank.

A principal feature of the Outer Works was an abatis, a wall of trees that had been felled and placed side by side on the ground and pointed toward the west, or landward side, the most likely direction of attack. This barrier, one of two built at Stony Point by the British, ran the width of the peninsula from north to south, and extended some 50 yards into the waters of Haverstraw Bay.

Artillery was positioned to defend the abatis, and troops of the 17th Regiment of Foot, as well as Grenadiers of the 71st Highland Regiment (Fraserís Highlanders), were deployed to protect the Outer Works and to repel invaders.
 
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Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
2. Marker on the Stony Point Battlefield
Marker is the second on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
 
Location. 41° 14.497′ N, 73° 58.511′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker can be reached from Stony Point Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is found in the British camp located near the Stony Point Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Stony Point NY 10980, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Strategy (a few steps from this marker); 17th British Regiment of Foot (a few steps from this marker); Stony Point Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); "I Ö imagined them to be British Troops, but found my mistake by being wounded and taken prisoner." (within shouting distance of this marker); The British Occupy Stony Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Capture of Stony Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraserís Highlanders (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “By the light occasioned by the flash of the gun I could perceive a body of them...” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker features an 18th-century map of Stony Point Battlefield by British
Abatis at the Outer Works image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
3. Abatis at the Outer Works
Abatis such as this helped protect the Outer Works from attack. These are located a short distance from the marker.
Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment of Foot showing the outer abatis. Map is reproduced courtesy of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Below this is a “Drawing of an abatis, from A Complete Treatise on Field Fortification, by Dennis Hart Mahan.” The lower left of the marker contains a map of the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. New York State. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Stoney Point. Account of the battle from the American Revolution War website. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
4. Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
5. Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park
This park preserves the site of one of the last major Revolutionary War battles fought in the northeastern colonies.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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