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Stony Point Battlefield
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The British captured and fortified the point in 1779 by erecting an earthen fort and two barriers called abatis, (the abatis visible in the lower section of the image at right by dragging your mouse down in the image). Sir Henry Clinton garrisoned Stony Point and Verplanck's Point with about 1,000 men to protect the King's Ferry, which crossed the Hudson River between the two posts. Clinton then launched raids against Connecticut coastal towns, in a continuing attempt to lure Washington into battle.

General Washington devised a plan for Brigadier General Anthony Wayne and his Corps of Light Infantry to lead a surprise midnight assault against Stony Point. The heaviest fighting lasted half an hour, and by 1 a.m. the British garrison had surrendered. Three days later, Washington abandoned Stony Point because he knew it could not be defended against the combined might of the British army and navy.

The victory at Stony Point was the last major battle in the north. Of the 11 decorations for bravery awarded by Congress during the Revolutionary War, three American officers were presented with medals for their bravery in this battle. Clinton's plan to defeat the Continentals and end the war had failed.

Stony Point Battlefield is very accessible, and completely handicapped accessible, to the public with well marked roads and numerous informative signs showing descriptions of the battle and fortifications. This self guided tour, coupled with the excellent museum, really gives visitors a feeling for the events that took place on Stony Point. Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site and the Stony Point Lighthouse, located on the grounds and the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River, are open for visitation Mid-April to October 31, Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Also open Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. The Battlefield is open the rest of the year at reduced hours.

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