Gravel Hill Battery

Gravel Hill Battery (HMVZG)

Location: West Point, NY 10996 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 24.129', W 73° 56.945'

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With its excellent field of fire, Gravel Hill Battery was the island's key fortification against British ships. Constructed in the spring of 1776, after Fort Constitution's inability to command the Hudson had become evident, it was destroyed during British operations in October 1777. The battery was rebuilt in 1778 as the island's first fortification in the new West Point defensive complex.

This simple battery was hastily constructed in both 1776 and 1778. No stone masonry was used, and the earthen parapets were probably held in place by timber or fascines. The number of cannon in the battery varied; eleven were listed in 1776, six in 1778.
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 4:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 587844 N 4583933
Decimal Degrees41.40215000, -73.94908333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 24.129', W 73° 56.945'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 24' 7.74" N, 73° 56' 56.70" W
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Area Code(s)914, 845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18-22 Pitcher Rd, West Point NY 10996, US
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