New Windsor in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The People of the New Windsor Cantonment
Some 500 women and children also lived here. They were the wives and families of soldiers, largely desperate refugees from their war-torn communities. Here, they tried to earn livings as washerwomen, seamstresses, and nurses. Many traveled hundreds of miles on foot with only the possessions they could carry.
We are busily employed completing our Town. It will I suppose contain of Honest men – women – and the progeny of both, ten thousand souls.
Lieutenant Colonel Tech Tilghman, General Washington’s Staff
Erected by State of New York.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Windsor NY 12553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Temple (a few steps from this marker); Unknown Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Publick Building Called the Temple" (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary Hut (within shouting distance of this marker); New Windsor Cantonment (within shouting distance of this marker); Temple Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Land (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Windsor.
More about this marker. A drawing of several soldiers appears on the upper right of the marker. It has a caption of “These crude sketches by a French officer, Jean-Baptiste Antoine de Verger, illustrate the range of men who served in Washington’s army.
In addition, there are several photographs of reenactors at the New Windsor Cantonment representing the various residents of this site during the Continental Army’s stay here. A photo of a blacksmith at work has the caption “Blacksmiths, carpenters, masons, and lime burners were among the skilled army tradesmen known as artificers.” A photo of a woman in camp is on the marker above the caption “Soldier’s wives took on essential duties in an 18th-century camp, such as cooking, washing laundry, sewing and hospital work. After the war, they were entitled to apply for pensions.” A photo of two soldiers, one tending to a garden, has the caption “In addition to military exercises, guard duty, and building huts and roads, soldiers planted gardens to provide fresh produce after enduring a winter of dried peas.” A final photo of two woman cooking contains the caption “At the cantonment’s ‘market days’ each Wednesday and Saturday, soldiers’ wives could purchase or barter for foods from local farmers to supplement their families’ army rations.”
Also see . . . New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. New York State. (Submitted on July 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,487 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.