Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“… with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.”
Both Light Infantry columns were preceded by a select group of men known as a “forlorn hope,” whose mission was to overcome sentries and remove barriers. It was a dangerous assignment; 17 of these 20 soldiers in the north column were either killed or wounded.
The advance party of Butler’s contingent was led by Major John Steward of Maryland, who later wrote of another Light Infantryman:
“ .. [he] conducted himself through the whole Assault with the greatest Intrepidity and coolness.”
The description might well have applied to his own action, since Steward, de Fleury, and Wayne were the only officers awarded medals by the Continental Congress for their courage and valor at the Battle of Stony Point.
Location. 41° 14.508′ N, 73° 58.375′ 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 west. Marker is on the walking trail at the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stony Point NY 10980, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stony Point Battlefield Today (within shouting distance of this marker); “The fort and garrison, with Col. Johnson, are ours.” (within shouting 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?” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); British Defenses: The Upper Works (about 300 feet away); “… the enemy entered the upper work at the barrier at the same time I did.” (about 300 feet away); The Battle’s Aftermath (about 400 feet away); The Lighthouse at Stony Point (about 400 feet away). 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 Flagstaff Battery. The map is reproduced courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Below the map are a “Portrait of Colonel Richard Butler of Pennsylvania by John Trumbull. Reproduced courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery, Trumbull Collection.” and pictures of the medal awarded to Gen. Wayne. It has the caption “The original gold medal awarded to General Anthony Wayne is now owned by the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.” 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 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.)
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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 748 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.