West Point & Stony Point
After breakfast we will have a brief session covering the Revolutionary War and the actions that took place in this area with special attention to the key historical figures. We then experience the history of West Point with our historian, Colonel Jim Johnson, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.). Here General Thaddeus Kosciuszko completed the fortifications that were manned by the Continental Army throughout the war. In an infamous act of treason, Benedict Arnold unsuccessfully attempted to surrender West Point to the British. We study this significant episode in the war as well as others that occurred in the Hudson Valley. Important points of interest on the Academy grounds are the Kosciuszko Monument, Cadet Chapels, Trophy Point, the cemetery, Redoubt No. 4 and Fort Putnam. Morning activities with Colonel Jim Johnson, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.)
Following lunch we have an extensive visit to the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. After four years of war the British under Sir Henry Clinton had fortified Stony Point. We examine this pivotal battle in the northern colonies in which General Anthony Wayne wrested control of the lower Hudson River by seizing the “Little Gibraltar” fortress in July 1779 with one bold action. The oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River stands at the southern edge of the park. Bear Mountain nearby will give us an excellent view of the river and adjacent countryside from its summit. Afternoon activities with colonel Kevin Farrell, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.)
Dinner at the Thayer Hotel.
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