Stony Point in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In early June 1779, at Verplanck’s Point, 70 North Carolina soldiers defended Fort Lafayette against British attack. That night, enemy artillerymen strained to haul several cannon to the summit of Stony Point. By dawn, they were bombarding the small American fort, which surrendered after only a few hours’ resistance.
“We are masters of King’s Ferry,” wrote Sir George Collier, Commodore of the Royal Navy in North America, “and oblige the rebels to make a detour of ninety miles across the mountains …. ”
In September 1780, Major John Andre crossed at King’s Ferry in a futile attempt to return to British lines after conspiring with Benedict Arnold. The ferry also played a role in the last major battle of the war when a combined force of American and French troops made the river crossing on the way to Yorktown, Virginia. On August 20-21, 1781, 2500 American soldiers
Erected by Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
Location. 41° 14.604′ N, 73° 58.474′ W. Marker is in Stony Point, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Stony Point Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is on a trail located behind 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. Fraser’s Highlanders (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The British Occupy Stony Point (about 600 feet away); 17th British Regiment of Foot (about 700 feet away); Stony Point Battlefield (about 700 feet away); British Defenses: The Outer Works (about 700 feet away); The American Strategy (about 700 feet away); Capture of Stony Point (about 700 feet away); Stony Point Battlefield Today (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Point.
More about this marker. The marker contains a portrait, by Charles Wilson Peale, 1782, of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), courtesy of Independence National Historical Park. The
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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 958 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.