Harrison in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Spirit of 1776
This historic site is Merritt Hill which marks one of the actions in the battle of White Plains on October 28, 1776.
During the attack on Chatterton Hill, the British marched up the road to Connecticut (Lake street) to attack the left flank of Washington’s defense assembled on Hatfield Hill (opposite Merritt Hill).
General Heath, under General Washington, had placed Colonel Malcolm, his N.Y. Regiment and Lt. Fenno with one field piece to station Merritt Hill in defense of Hatfield Hill.
Lt. Fenno fired a cannonball directly into 20 British horsemen approaching Hatfield Hill. This single shot caused the British to retreat back towards White Plains.
Erected by Alex Funicello, M.D.
Location. 41° 2.968′ N, 73° 44.433′ W. Marker is in Harrison, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Old Lake Street near Lake Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in the parking lot of Silver Lake Preserve county park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison NY 10528, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least The War for American Independence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Merritt Hill (about 600 feet away); VFW Post 5463 Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); West Harrison Honor Roll (approx. 0.7 miles away); North Castle World War II Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Joseph T. Miller (approx. 1.4 miles away); American Red Cross in Westchester County (approx. 1½ miles away); Center of Washington’s Army (approx. 1½ miles away).
Also see . . . The Battle of White Plains. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on June 19, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 996 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 19, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 19, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Battle for White Plains monument shown in Photo 5 added to the database on its own page • Can you help?