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West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Great Chain

 
 
The Great Chain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
1. The Great Chain Marker
Inscription.
The Great Chain
was anchored in this cove
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1778 – 1783

It was forged at the Sterling Iron Works in Orange County. It was first stretched across the river under the direction of Thomas Machin, Captain of Artillery, in
April, 1778.

 
Location. 41° 23.788′ N, 73° 57.19′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Pitcher Road. Touch for map. Marker is located near the bank of the Hudson River, on a trail that can be accessed from the eastern end of Pitcher Road. 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. Great Chain Battery (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Palo Alto (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Resaca De La Palma (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheridan Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Yorktown (about 300 feet away); Battle of Vera Cruz (about 400 feet away); Kosciuszko (about 700 feet away); USMA Class of 1980 Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. See the site where
The Great Chain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
2. The Great Chain Marker
the Great Chain was anchored on the east side of the Hudson River, on Constitution Island.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
3. Marker at West Point
The Great Chain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
4. The Great Chain Marker
The marker can be seen here mounted on a rock on the side of the trail.
Chain Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
5. Chain Battery
This Battery, located near the marker, protected the Great Chain during the Revolutionary War.
Great Chain Cove image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
6. Great Chain Cove
The west end of the Great Chain was anchored in this cove at West Point.
Constitution Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
7. Constitution Island
The Great Chain stretched from this point to Constitution Island on the east side of the Husdon River. The white dock house seen near the center of the photo is where the east end of the chain was anchored.
The Great Chain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 29, 2012
8. The Great Chain
This replica of the Great Chain contains the booms that spanned the Hudson River along with the chain. It is located just across the river from the marker, on Constitution Island.
The Great Chain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 2, 2012
9. The Great Chain
13 actual links from the Great Chain are on display at Trophy Point, just up the hill from the marker.
The Great Chain at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2015
10. The Great Chain at West Point
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2013, by George J. Myers, Jr. of Bronx, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 3, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   10. submitted on April 30, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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