Pawling in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From September 20 to November 28, 1778 George Washington, his generals and army of 13,000 were located in or around Fredericksburg, with the John Kane house serving as headquarters. From here emanated George Washington’s strategy of “observing and containing” the British in New York City.
Fredericksburg was then a sparsely settled farming area containing the present communities of Pawling, Patterson, Holmes, Carmel and Kent. It was chosen for its strategic location on an established east-west route that allowed Washington’s troops to move quickly and form a containing blockade stretching from Northern New Jersey to Danbury, CT. George Washington said the Hudson Valley is the “key to victory” and must be protected at all costs.
In addition to Patriots-Rebels and Tories-Loyalists the local population consisted of “Cowboys” and “Skinners” who plundered the possessions of both sides, and pacifist Quakers who opposed the war. John Kane remained a Tory and by the Act of Attainder his farm was confiscated in 1779. While two-thirds of all Tories were allowed to buy back their property, Kane was not and lost it all.
Marker placed by the Patriots Weekend Committee of the Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling on September 21, 2003. This was the site of the
Erected 2003 by Patriots Weekend Committee of the Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling.
Location. 41° 33.36′ N, 73° 35.649′ W. Marker is in Pawling, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is on East Main Street 0.1 miles from South Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located behind the John Kane House. Marker is in this post office area: Pawling NY 12564, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In memory of General George Washington (here, next to this marker); The Great Barbecue (here, next to this marker); John Kane House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Great Barbecue (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pawling World War I and Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pawling Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Memorial Trees (approx. 0.6 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pawling.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Revolutionary •
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