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

Soldiers’ Huts

 
 
Soldiers’ Huts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
1. Soldiers’ Huts Marker
Inscription.
In winter, when barracks were unavailable, soldiers were generally quartered in huts. Several hut sites remain on Constitution Island. In some the fireplace ruins are in line, while at others no pattern exists.

Regiments normally built huts to exact specifications in ordered rows. Typically, twelve men built and lived in each log hut, which was 14’ by 15’ or 16’, stood about 6½’ high at the eaves, and had a stone fireplace with a chimney of mud and sticks. The men slept in crude wooden bunks and cooked their own meals. Behind the rows of soldiers’ huts were those of the officers, larger buildings often divided into separate rooms. This normal construction pattern may have been followed at some of the Island’s hut sites; apparently it was not at others.
 
Location. 41° 24.16′ N, 73° 57.321′ W. Marker is in Constitution Island, New York, in Orange County. Touch for map. Marker is on Constitution Island, at the U.S. 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. Romans’ Battery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Constitution Area (about 700 feet away); Redoubt 7 (approx. 0.2
Soldiers’ Huts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
2. Soldiers’ Huts Marker
miles away); Marine Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Chain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Redoubt 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Warner House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anna B. Warner Memorial Garden (approx. Ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Constitution Island.
 
More about this marker. An image of a soldier hut appears at the upper left of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  The Revolutionary War on Constitution Island. The Constitution Island Association website. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Soldiers’ Huts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
3. Soldiers’ Huts Marker
Marker on Constitution Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 29, 2012
4. Marker on Constitution Island
Site of Soldiers’ Huts image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
5. Site of Soldiers’ Huts
This area near the marker was one of the sites on Constitution Islans where the soldiers' huts were located.
Fireplace Remains image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 25, 2012
6. Fireplace Remains
The fireplaces from some of the soldiers' huts can still be found on the Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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