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

“The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours.”

 
 
"The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours." Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
1. "The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours." Marker
Inscription. You are now inside the remains of the Upper Works. Within 15 minutes of each other, the two columns of American Light Infantry converged on the flanks of these fortifications. Lieutenant Colonel Francois de Fleury, a French engineer and professional soldier serving in the Continental Army, was the first man into the Upper Works, and, upon entering the Flagstaff Battery, struck the enemy colors. Later, de Fleury became the only European to receive a medal from Congress during the Revolutionary War, awarded to him for his bravery at Stony Point.

“A little small arm firing and considerable bayoneting closed the scene exactly at one o’clock,” wrote Captain Henry Champion. An hour later, at 2 A.M., General Wayne, who had been grazed in the head by a musket ball, wrote to General Washington: “The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours. Our Officers and men behaved like men who are determined to be free.”

Fifteen Americans and 20 British soldiers died in the battle. Among the dead was Captain Francis Tew of the British 17th Regiment, killed by musket fire after he had returned from the outer defenses in a vain attempt to rally his men. Only two officers, Lieutenant John Roberts of the Royal Artillery, and Captain Lawrence Robert Campbell of the 71st Highland Regiment,
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 ninth on the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield.
managed to escape to British ships offshore. The remainder of the garrison surrendered to the Americans.
 
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
 
Location. 41° 14.482′ N, 73° 58.363′ 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. Marker is on the walking trail at the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. 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. Opportunities Missed and Taken (within shouting distance of this marker); “For God’s sake, why is the Artillery here not being made use of?” (within shouting distance of this marker); “… with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.” (within shouting distance of this marker); Stony Point Battlefield Today (within shouting distance of this marker); “… the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did.” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle’s Aftermath (within shouting
Stony Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2008
3. Stony Point Marker
The fortifications of the Upper Works can be seen in front of the marker in this photo.
distance of this marker); The Lighthouse at Stony Point (within shouting distance of this marker); British Defenses: The Upper Works (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains an 18-century map of Stony Point Battlefield by British Lt. William Marshall, 63rd Regiment of Foot highlighting the location of the fort. The map is reproduced courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Near the map is “A replica of the medal awarded to de Fleury by the Continental Congress. In addition, he received $500 dollars for being the first man into the Upper Works, a sum that he divided among his men.” The right side of the marker has a picture of the battle with the caption “This 1857 engraving is based on a painting by Alonzo Chappel, and presents a romanticized 19th-century view of the assault on Stony Point.” There is also a map of the walking tour of the Stony Point Battlefield at the lower left of the marker.
 
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
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
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
 
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 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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