1 April 2014
HILL, John and William FADEN (1750-1836). A Plan of the Surprise of Stoney Point, by a Detachment of the American Army, commanded by
Brigr. Genl. Wayne, on the 15th July, 1779. Also of the Works erected on Verplanks Point, for the Defence of Kings Ferry, by the British Forces in July, 1779. London: Printed for Wm. Faden, March 1st 1784.
Engraved map of the Battle of Stoney Point, colored by a contemporary hand, image 505 x 698 mm (546 x 752 mm sheet). (A few small repairs to central fold and lower margin.)
On 1 June the British captured Stony Point and Verplank's Point, putting nearby West Point in jeopardy. When Washington's own reconnaissance of King's Ferry showed him that the Redcoats were reinforcing the Points rather than advancing up the Hudson, he ordered Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne to attack. His bold and successful bayonet assault on the night of 15-16 July was one of the most impressive feats of arms by the Americans in the war. After surrendering the garrison, a British officer said, "The rebels had made the attack a bravery they never before exhibited" (Boatner).
In this map,"The defenses of the strong points at either end of King's Ferry on the Hudson are carefully drawn, as are the relief features. The silent line of march of Anthony Wayne's nocturnal assault force is shown to where they made the bayonet charge that avenged Wayne's drubbing at Paoli" (Nebenzahl 145). Nebenzahl Atlas of the American Revolution 32; Nebenzahl Battle Plans 145.
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