Cold Spring in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The West Point Foundry
military establishment observes:
“During my visit I learned that since the [Civil] war began over three hundred cannon have been manufactured here for our government – the Parrott gun exclusively – to 300-pounders. The guns have done duty in our forts, on our gunboats, and in our grandly-moving armies, so sublimely sweeping through the hostile Southern States. One of these 300-pounders weighs twenty-six thousand pounds, or thirteen tons. One was being cast as I visited the place. It was a sight worth traveling hundreds of miles to see. These guns are submitted to the severest tests before turned over for service. The precipitate banks of Crow Nest are the target of the experimental trial, the distance fired being two thousand yards. Two huge bare spots, with deep indentures in the rocks, attest the accuracy of the range and force of the firing. At all hours of the day for the past four years the firing of these guns have awakened fearful echoes among these environing heights, oftentimes sounding like the roar of a terrible battle.”
- - The New York Times. 1865
Location. 41° 24.873′ N, 73° 56.892′ W. Marker is in Cold Spring, New York, in Putnam County. Marker can Touch for map. Marker is located on the gun platform in the West Point Foundry Preserve. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68 Kemble Avenue, Cold Spring NY 10516, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Forest to Factory to Forest (here, next to this marker); West Point Foundry Archaeological Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The 1865 Office Building (about 400 feet away); History of West Point Foundry (about 600 feet away); Boring Mill Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Foundry Brook (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Boring Mill Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jewel of the Hudson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cold Spring.
Also see . . . West Point Foundry Preserve. Scenic Hudson website. (Submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.