Opportunities Missed and Taken

Opportunities Missed and Taken (HM7II)

Location: Stony Point, NY 10980 Rockland County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 14.488', W 73° 58.338'

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"I was surprised when I viewed in the morning the difficulties our troops surmounted,"     wrote Captain Champion.

"This piece of ground was fortified by all British art and industry ?." However, a night attack had undermined the effectiveness of most of these defenses, and high winds had prevented the British navy from coming to the aid of the embattled redcoats, Lightballs, or flares, had been prepared, and a signal rocket was on hand to call for reinforcements from the British garrison at Verplanck's Point on the other side of the Hudson; however, in the confusion of battle, they were never used.

The British had underestimated their enemy, whose, abilities as professional soldiers had improved with each campaign. The Continental Army had carried out a well-coordinated night attack, assaulting a heavily fortified position. Except for the diversionary center column, they were armed only with unloaded muskets and fixed bayonets - ironically, just as the British had been when they attacked General Wayne's forces nearly two years earlier at Paoli, Pennsylvania, on the night of September 21, 1777.
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HM NumberHM7II
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Placed ByStony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 4:37am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 586115 N 4566071
Decimal Degrees41.24146667, -73.97230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 14.488', W 73° 58.338'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 14' 29.28" N, 73° 58' 20.28" W
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Area Code(s)845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 46 Battlefield Rd, Stony Point NY 10980, US
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