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Constitution Island in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gravel Hill Battery

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
1. Gravel Hill Battery Marker
Inscription.
With its excellent field of fire, Gravel Hill Battery was the islandís key fortification against British ships. Constructed in the spring of 1776, after Fort Constitutionís inability to command the Hudson had become evident, it was destroyed during British operations in October 1777. The battery was rebuilt in 1778 as the islandís first fortification in the new West Point defensive complex.

This simple battery was hastily constructed in both 1776 and 1778. No stone masonry was used, and the earthen parapets were probably held in place by timber or fascines. The number of cannon in the battery varied; eleven were listed in 1776, six in 1778.
 
Location. 41° 24.129′ N, 73° 56.945′ W. Marker is in Constitution Island, New York, in Orange County. Touch for map. Marker is located on Constitution Island, near the picnic area. 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. Hill Cliff Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Warner House (about 600 feet away); Anna B. Warner Memorial Garden (about 600 feet away); Redoubt 5 (about 600 feet away); Revolutionary War Constitution Island
Gravel Hill Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
2. Gravel Hill Battery Marker
(about 700 feet away); Fortress West Point (about 700 feet away); The Great Chain (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Chain (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Constitution Island.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Gravel Hill Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
3. Gravel Hill Battery Marker
Marker on Constitution Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
4. Marker on Constitution Island
This view of the marker looks south on Hudson River, in the direction of potential attacks from British occupied New York.
Gravel Hill Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
5. Gravel Hill Battery Marker
Constitution Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 24, 2011
6. Constitution Island
The Gravel Hill Battery marker is located on Constitution Island, near the picnic area seen here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 24, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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