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West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sherburne’s Redoubt

 
 
Sherburne’s Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
1. Sherburne’s Redoubt Marker
Inscription. In 1778, Colonel Henry Sherburne’s Regiment built a redoubt (a small enclosed work used to fortify hilltops, passes, etc.) in this general vicinity to cover the rear of Fort Clinton - - the main fortification covering the Great Chain and the river approach. The redoubt also covered the western approaches to the West Point Plain, and protected the northern approaches to Fort Putnam - - the key defensive work against an overland attack. Remnants of Fort Clinton’s parapets are visible on the eastern tip of the West Point Plain (to your right rear), and the restored Fort Putnam is visible on the hill to the southwest.

Sherburne’s Redoubt had to be constructed so that artillery fire from Fort Putnam could not fall into it. Originally, the Great Chain was to be anchored below the redoubt. Little is known about the redoubt’s construction. No traces exist today.
 
Location. 41° 23.754′ N, 73° 57.347′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Washington Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memoriam (here, next to this
Sherburne’s Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
2. Sherburne’s Redoubt Marker
marker); Constitution Island (here, next to this marker); The Great Chain (here, next to this marker); West Point in the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); Our National Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred E. McAniff & John R. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
3. Marker at West Point
During the Revolutionary War, the Great Chain spanned the Hudson Rives at this location. The river can be seen in front of the marker.
Battery Sherburne image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. Battery Sherburne
Sherburne's Redoubt occupied this site during the Revolution. This is a short distance west of the marker.
Fort Clinton image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
5. Fort Clinton
Fort Clinton is located about .2 miles east of the marker. Sherburne’s Redoubt was built to protect the rear of Fort Clinton.
Fort Putman image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
6. Fort Putman
Sherburne’s Redoubt protected Fort Putman, seen above, from a land attack from the north. Fort Putnam is located about a ½ mile southwest of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 854 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on September 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on September 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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