Water Battery - West Point

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Water Battery - West Point (1778-1783) - A Revolutionary War battery established in 1778 on West Point, Orange County, New York. Abandoned in 1783 at the end of the war. Also known as Green Battery.

Water Battery Stone Marker

History of Water Battery - West Point

Part of Fortress West Point.

Established in 1778 south of Gee's Point to cover the southern approach and the south dock. Built about half the size of Chain Battery with two embrasures and epaulments on the ends. The battery was located on a steep slope about half way between the plain and the river at an elevation of about 85 feet. Because of height of the battery it could only provide plunging fire on much of the river below. The Great Chain itself was hidden from the Water Battery by Gee's point.

The 1779 ordnance report listed one 12-pounder cannon at Green Battery. No cannon were listed here in the 1780 report.

Abandoned in 1783 at the end of the war..

Current Status

Some remains and a stone marker along Flirtation Walk on the United States Military Academy at West Point, Orange County, New York. On active Military installation and access may be restricted.


Location: Along Flirtation Walk on the United States Military Academy at West Point, Orange County, New York.

Maps & Images

Lat: 41.39439 Long: -73.95138

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 35.
  • Cubbison, Douglas R., Historic Structures Report: The Hudson River Defenses at Fortress West Point, 1778-1783, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, January 2005, pdf, 63 pages, illustrated, page 39.

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Visited: 31 May 2013


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