West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
West Point in the American Revolution
From 1775 to 1776, American soldiers built fortifications on Constitution Island to block the difficult, double turn in the Hudson River. In 1776 – 1777, they concentrated on the new works near Bear Mountain, south of West Point, and installed the first iron chain across the river there. After the British destroyed these positions in 1777, the American leaders finally decided to fortify West Point. In January 1778 American soldiers began to build Fort Clinton, the first of a series of fortifications which soon made West Point the most important post in America.
A key part of the West Point defensive zone was the Great Chain which was emplaced in April 1778 between Fort Clinton and Marine Battery on
West Point remained an army post after the Revolutionary War; in 1802, the United States Military Academy was founded here among the remains of the fortification which made West Point “a key to the continent” from 1777 to 1783.
Location. 41° 23.754′ N, 73° 57.351′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Washington Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Constitution Island (here, next to this marker); Our National Heritage (here, next to this marker); Sherburne’s Redoubt (here, next to this marker); In Memoriam (here, next to this marker); The Great Chain (a few steps from this marker); Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred E. McAniff & John R. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
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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 1,996 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.