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Philipstown in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The First Chain

 
 
The First Chain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 16, 2014
1. The First Chain Marker
Inscription.
Planned to keep British
ships from going up
river, anchored on shore
below, was forced by the
enemy Oct. 7, 1777.

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 41° 19.922′ N, 73° 57.638′ W. Marker is in Philipstown, New York, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of Bear Mountain Beacon Hwy (New York State Route 9D) and Manitou Station Road, on the left when traveling north on Bear Mountain Beacon Hwy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cold Spring NY 10516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Smith (approx. 1.1 miles away); Benny Havens (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Concord Minute Man of 1776 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Union Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Garrison Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); Little Brown Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Naval Battle of Fort Montgomery (approx. 1.4 miles away); 32-Pounder (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
The First Chain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 10, 2009
2. The First Chain Marker
Marker on Bear Mountain Beacon Hwy image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 10, 2009
3. Marker on Bear Mountain Beacon Hwy
Philipstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 10, 2009
4. Philipstown Marker
Marker is located on the east side of the Hudson River.
Site of the Chain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 10, 2009
5. Site of the Chain
The first chain spanned the Hudson River at this point. The photo was taken from the west bank of the river, near Forts Montgomery and Clinton. The Bear Mountain Bridge can be seen in the background.
Links from the First Chain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2008
6. Links from the First Chain
These are actual links from the chain that spanned the Hudson River at this location in 1777. They are on display at nearby Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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