West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The first location of fortifications in Fortress West Point was on the island across the river. Patriot Bernard Romans, Dutch engineer, began building a Grand Bastion on Martelaer’s Rock (renamed Constitution Island) in 1775. Poorly sited, it was never completed; although four batteries and three redoubts were eventually built. The island was important for defense of the river and the Great Chain.
Location. 41° 23.42′ N, 73° 57.823′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Delafield Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located inside Fort Putnam on the grounds of the United States 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 Redoubts (here, next to this marker); Revolutionary War Fortifications (here, next to this marker); Original Embrasure (a few steps from this marker); Fort Putnam (within shouting distance of this marker); Archeology, 1974 Bronze Field Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); McLean Historical Museum Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery and Mortars (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 August 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 8, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.