The People of the New Windsor Cantonment

The People of the New Windsor Cantonment (HM5KI)

Location: New Windsor, NY 12553 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 28.338', W 74° 3.566'

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Approximately 7,500 soldiers of the Continental Army, who came from New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, Canada, and even Europe, lived at New Windsor Cantonment. Although most were in their twenties, the soldiers ranged in age from their early teens to their sixties. Some had served since the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in 1775. Officers and enlisted men lived in log huts here. Major generals and hospital staff, however, were billeted in private homes nearby in New Windsor and Newburgh.

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
HM NumberHM5KI
Placed ByState of New York
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 578536 N 4591615
Decimal Degrees41.47230000, -74.05943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 28.338', W 74° 3.566'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 28' 20.28" N, 74° 3' 33.96" W
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Area Code(s)845, 914
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 374 Temple Hill Rd, New Windsor NY 12553, US
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