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1943 - West Point *****SOLD***** - Antique

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Item number: MIL032
Genuine Antique Pictorial Map

1943

Maker: Derosiers.

Antique map of the area around West Point 1778-1780, by Derosiers, published in 1943. West Point was identified by General George Washington as the most important strategic position in America during the American Revolution. Until January 1778, West Point was not occupied by the military. On January 27, 1778, Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons and his brigade crossed the ice on the Hudson River and climbed to the plain on West Point and from that day to the present, West Point has been occupied by the United States Army. It was manned by a small garrison of Continental Army Soldiers through the end of the war. A great iron chain was laid across the Hudson at this point in 1778 in order to prevent British Navy vessels from sailing further up the Hudson River, but it was never tested by the British. The site comprised multiple redoubts, as well as Fort Putnam, situated on a high hill overlooking the river. Named after its builder, Revolutionary War General and engineer Rufus Putnam, the fort is still preserved in its original design. In perhaps the most infamous act of treason in American history, General Benedict Arnold attempted to turn the site over to the British Army in 1780 for a bribe consisting of a commission as a Brigadier General in the British Army and a cash reward of  £20,000. All of the redoubts, as well as the fort, chain, several batteries, and several local houses are featured on this map. The border features illustrations, quotes, and historical facts about the revolutionary war at West Point. Overall good to very good condition with damage to the corners from pins, some tears at the left side and top that go to the map (archivally repaired), slight toning of the paper. Measures approx. 18.5 x 17 inches to the edges of the paper. **SOLD**

Item Number: MIL032