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Our Military History

As we honor our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day, November 11th, we’ll be posting several articles about the people, places and events from years past who were part of the fabric of our country’s military community.  Starting with a small island that hails back to Revolutionary War days….

Constitution Island

In 1778, less than halfway through the Revolutionary War, the Americans were able to forge a huge iron chain which they successfully stretched across the Hudson River from West Point to Constitution Island. For five years the 80-ton chain kept the British warships from attacking the inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley. West Point was the new site of the forts built by the Americans in January 1778 and where the chain was stretched across the river to Constitution Island, Colonel Thaddeus Kosciusko directed the construction at West Point and, on Constitution Island, built three redoubts and a battery to protect the east end of the great chain.   More…

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