Redoubt 5 - Constitution Island

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Redoubt 5 - Constitution Island (1778-1783) - A Patriot Revolutionary War Redoubt established in 1779 on the present day military reservation of the United States Military Academy on Constitution Island in Putnam County, New York. Abandoned at the end of the war in 1783.

Redoubt 5 - Constitution Island History

Part of Fortress West Point.

Located behind Greatons Battery and oriented toward the west to protect against attack from the marsh. Mutual support for Redoubt 6. Construction began in the fall of 1778. May have had a blockhouse and palisades on the parapet. May have mounted two 12 pounders, two 6 pounders, four 3 or 4 pounders. Required 160 men for defense who would have lived in huts outside the redoubt. Banquettes for infantrymen.

Current Status

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


Location: United States Military Academy on Constitution Island, Putnam County, New York.

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.40395 Long: -73.94984

See Also:

Sources:

  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 591.
  • West Point Fortifications Staff Ride Note Cards, 3rd ed, USMA History Department, January 1994 changed 1998 and 2008, Pdf, 82 pages, page 22.

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