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

“By the light occasioned by the flash of the gun I could perceive a body of them...”

 
 
Stony Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
1. Stony Point Marker
Inscription. Fleche #1 was situated on this hill, and mounted a brass 12-pounder cannon (one which fired a 12-pound ball) under the command of Lieutenant William Horndon, of the Royal Artillery. Horndon was unaware that the shots from Major Murfree’s Light Infantry, who were firing in the center and approaching from the west, were a diversion for the two other American columns advancing around both flanks. Lt. Horndon later described his experience at a British court-martial:

… I heard a great firing of musketry … and consequently opened with the twelve-pounder … By the light occasioned by the flash of the gun I could perceive a body of them [the American Light Infantry] coming through the water upon our left. I attempted to bring the gun to bear upon them, but could not effect it, the embrasure being too confined.

Meanwhile, a 3-pounder cannon located near the front of the present museum fired 69 rounds at the secondary column of Americans attacking around the north side of the peninsula, but it was too late to halt the Light Infantry’s rapid advance. The main column – 700 men wading through Haverstraw Bay on the south and led by Wayne himself – had already outflanked Horndon’s 12-pounder, and was ascending the rocky slope toward the Upper Works.
 
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Stony Point Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
2. Stony Point Battlefield
Marker is the fifth on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
 
Location. 41° 14.477′ N, 73° 58.457′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Stony Point Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Park. 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. Capture of Stony Point (within shouting distance of this marker); The British Occupy Stony Point (within shouting distance of this marker); British Defenses: The Upper Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Stony Point Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); "I … imagined them to be British Troops, but found my mistake by being wounded and taken prisoner." (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Strategy (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th British Regiment of Foot (within shouting distance of this marker); British Defenses: The Outer Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains an 18th-century map of Stony Point Battlefield by British Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment
Marker at Fleche #1 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
3. Marker at Fleche #1
Marker as seen from the road.
of Foot, which highlights Fleche #1. Map reproduced courtesy of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Below this is a “Drawing of a 12-pounder cannon from John Muller, A Treatise of Artillery, published in 1780.” Finally, 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 21, 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 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at Stony Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
4. Marker at Stony Point
This view, from behind the marker, looks eastward in the direction of the Upper Works and the Hudson River.
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.
Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
6. Map of Stony Point Battlefield Walking Tour
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 893 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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