Historic New YorkPalatine German refugees from the religious wars of Europe settled on these river banks in 1709, and Dutch and French Huguenots followed. During the Revolution, control of the Hudson River was important for British strategy and for American defense. To block British advance up the river in May 1778, an iron chain with two-foot links forged at nearby Sterling Iron Works, was stretched across from West Point to Constitution Island. On July 16, 1779, General Anthony Wayne stormed and captured Stony Point. West Point was fortified and garrisoned. Its betrayal by Benedict Arnold in 1780 was thwarted by the capture of his British collaborator, Major John Andre. General Washington's headquarters were at Newburgh, 1782-83. General Henry Knox's headquarters were at Vail's Gate, and the last cantonment of the Continental Army was at Temple Hill.
|Series||This marker is part of the New York: Historic New York series|
|Placed By||Education Department – State of New York – N.Y.S. Thruway Authority|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2:43am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 575984 N 4604936|
|Decimal Degrees||41.59251667, -74.08830000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 35.551', W 74° 5.298'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 35' 33.06" N, 74° 5' 17.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 28-64 Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, Wallkill NY 12589, US|
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