Fishkill in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Continental Army Crossroads
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
During the Revolutionary War, the Van Wyck Homestead served as headquarters for the Fishkill Supply Depot, a supply center for Washington’s Continental Army. At this bustling “city” of industry, hammers clanged, and smoke rose from many workshops. Here, workers produced and repaired everything from harnesses and horseshoes to wheels, mess supplies, clothing, and shoes. The powder magazine supplied the northern forces of the Continental Army. In addition, Fishkill also included a hospital, a guard house and prison, parade grounds, and numerous quarters and barracks for the officers and thousands of soldiers who trained and served here. Several hundred died here and are buried nearby.
This location was strategically important as a major east-west and north-south intersection. In addition, the Depot’s position was secure, protected by mountains and far enough away from the Hudson River to prohibit a potential British attack. The Continental Army’s occupation of Fishkill and West Point guaranteed control of the mid-Hudson and maintained communication links between New England and the rest of the thirteen United States.
“ . . . West Point was [chosen] as the most important [point] to fortify, and Fishkill as the place the best adapted to the establishment of the principal depot of provisions, ammunitions,
Francois Jean de Beauvior, checalier de Chastellux,
French Army officer under Rochambeau, 1780
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Washington-Rochambeau Route marker series.
Location. 41° 31.38′ N, 73° 53.354′ W. Marker is in Fishkill, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 9 and Interstate 84, on the right when traveling north on State Route 9. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Van Wyck Homestead. Marker is in this post office area: Fishkill NY 12524, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Path to Victory (here, next to this marker); American Revolution Bicentennial Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Wyck Homestead Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Wyck Homestead Veterans of the Fishkill Supply Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Trinity Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fishkill.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a photograph of Continental soldiers at the nearby burial ground. It has a caption of “Several hundred soldiers are buried in America’s largest Revolutionary War burial site a short distance south of here adjoining Van Wyck Lake Road. Although some died in battle or from battle wounds, most died from disease.” A picture at the bottom right of the marker depicts American soldiers unloading military supplies from a wagon.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.