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Picturing Washington's Army: Map of Verplanck’s Point

As surveyor general of the Continental Army, Simeon De Witt created this map of the encampment at Verplanck’s Point in 1782. The labeled regiments, indicated by their state abbreviations, helped identify the tents depicted in Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s panoramic painting. Washington’s headquarters and the adjutant general’s tent (where L’Enfant stood to paint the panorama) are visible on this map. At the encampment, Thomas Foster, a sergeant in the 7th Massachusetts Regiment, wrote in his journal, “We have here a fine encampment which will furnish the public with a curious map someday or other.” 

Image courtesy of Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Sparks 158.1 (3) Seq. 9

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Picturing Washington's Army: A Veteran Soldier

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Picturing Washington's Army: Pierre Charles L’Enfant

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Picturing Washington's Army: Continental Artillery

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Picturing Washington's Army: Fort Webb

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Picturing Washington's Army: 1st and 2nd New Jersey Regiments

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Picturing Washington's Army: Rhode Island Regiment

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Picturing Washington's Army: Rhode Island Regiment Colonnade

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Picturing Washington's Army: Army Headquarters

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Picturing Washington's Army: Officers’ Tents

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