West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome To Trophy Point
At the end of the American Revolution, West Point maintained over 160 cannon for the fledgling United States Army. Even before the founding of the United States Military Academy in 1802, West Point had taken on the additional role of educating officers in the sciences of engineering and gunnery. These captured ordinance pieces became a source of instruction for the Corps of Cadets.
In 1837, The Military Academy Board of Visitors formally recommended West Point as the site for all U.S. Army war trophies. During the Mexican War, USMA graduates played critical roles in the Army's military operations; their pride in their martial accomplishments is reflected in the impressive number of cannon exhibited here.
The American Civil War, in which hundreds of USMA graduates became generals for the North and South, added nearly fifty captured Confederate pieces to Trophy Point. After the war, efforts began to memorialize the fallen soldiers of the United States Regular Army. In 1897, General John M. Schofield formally dedicated Battle Monument, which stands as Trophy Point's most prominent
Other trophies and cannon were placed at this site and are now arranged and grouped by wars. Overlooking the Hudson River, at the east end of the display is the Revolutionary War area. Proceeding west is the display of cannon from the War of 1812. To the south of this area is the Spanish-American War display, featuring trophies taken from Cuba and the Philippines. Confederate trophies taken in the American Civil War flank the walkways on either side of Battle Monument. Trophies from the Mexican War are in close proximity to the flagpole.
The items displayed at Trophy Point mark the first century of West Point's contributions to the shaping of our nation. Trophies taken during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and more recent conflicts, are on display in the West Point Museum, located at Pershing Center.
All cannon at Trophy Point are from the collections of the West Point Museum.
Erected by U.S. Military Academy.
Location. 41° 23.686′ N, 73° 57.401′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Washington Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. On the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Marker is in this post office area: Highland Falls NY 10928, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Battle Monument (a few steps from this marker); Major General John Sedgwick (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars that Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); West Point Benches (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Sherburne (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (about 400 feet away); Fred E. McAniff & John R. Parker (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
Also see . . . History of the Battle Monument at West Point. A Google Book. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War of 1812 • War, Mexican-American • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,607 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. 2. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 16, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.