West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Constructed in 1794 after the American Revolution, these casemates were probably intended as living quarters for soldiers, storage areas, and possibly as cells for prisoners. A casemate is defined as an armored compartment or bombproof built under the rampart. On top of the casemates, cannon would have been positioned, probably en barbette (without parapets) to fire in support of other forts or against enemy attackers. The restoration of these casemates in 1909 apparently followed the 1794 style because at least two were still in good condition. However, because of the height of the outside walls, the placement of the loop-holes, and the surrounding territory, it is unlikely that the casemates were designed and used as fighting or firing locations. In 1975-1976, during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution, the casemates were waterproofed and refurbished and some were modified to accept historical displays about West Point in the Revolution. Additionally, gun platforms were constructed and installed on top of the casemates along with safety railings. Earth removed from the top of the casemates was used to level part of the south central section of Fort Putnam. Finally, one historical display was placed in the first casemate. The casemates were partially restored through the generosity of Mrs. Albert J. Bowley, wife of Lieutenant
Location. 41° 23.401′ N, 73° 57.821′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Delafield Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Putnam on the grounds of the United States Military Academy. 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. Artillery and Mortars (here, next to this marker); Sherburne’s Redoubt (here, next to this marker); Cannon (here, next to this marker); Fort Putnam (a few steps from this marker); Fort Arnold (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Putnam (a few steps from this marker); Archeology, 1974 (a few steps from this marker); McLean Historical Museum Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 312 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.