Redoubt 1 - West Point

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Redoubt 1 - West Point (1779-1783) - A Patriot Revolutionary War Redoubt established in 1779 on the present day military reservation of the United States Military Academy in Orange County, New York. One of eight such redoubts established to protect Fortress West Point. Abandoned in 1783 at the end of the war.

Redoubt 1 - West Point Marker Rock
Redoubt 1 - West Point Broken Observation Tower
Redoubt 1 - West Point Interior and Stone Wall

Redoubt 1 - West Point History

Part of Fortress West Point.

Designed as a classic hexagonal redoubt by Colonel Thaddeus Kosciusko with sides of about 30' requiring about 180 men for its defense. Described by Benedict Arnold (25 Sep 1780) as “No cannon in the works, a slight and single abbatis, no ditch or picket. Cannon on two batteries, No bomb proofs.”

The redoubt had two detached gun batteries, one southwest of the redoubt (#2) and the other southeast of the redoubt (#1). These two batteries were described in 1780 as having one 12-pounder and four 9-pounder cannons.

Current Status

Stabilized remains on the military reservation of the United States Military Academy, Orange County, New York. On active Military installation and access may be restricted.

Location: United States Military Academy, West Point, Orange County, New York.

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.3777778 Long: -73.9725

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Visited: 30 May 2013

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