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Among His Troops: Acknowledgments

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Among His Troops: Continental Army Along the Hudson

George Washington called the Hudson River the “Key of America.” With the Mohawk River to the West and Lake George and Lake Champlain to the North, the Hudson was part of a system of waterways that reached from the Great Lakes, to Canada, and down to New York City. During the Revolutionary War, Americans clustered their Hudson River fortifications around three narrows– West Point in the North, the Popolopen Creek in the middle, and King’s Ferry to the South. These posts were between 45 and 60 miles from New York City. In 1781, French troops and a portion of the Continental Army crossed the Hudson River at King’s Ferry on their way to Yorktown, Virginia, a crossing that is now recognized as part of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. By the summer of 1782, the American Army had secured its control of this region. Along the 15-mile stretch of the Hudson River, Washington maintained a force of over 11,000 soldiers. At the same time, 13,000 British troops occupied New York City. West Point was the Continental Army’s strongest fortification. Verplanck’s Point and Stony Point, on either side of King’s Ferry, were the front line against the British to the south.


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Among His Troops: Soldiers of African Descent in the Continental Army

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Picturing Washington's Army: Verplanck’s Point | Massachusetts Brigades

Take a closer look at the tents of the Massachusetts regiments, visible in the background of the painting. A couple officers’ marquee tents are also visible in this section of the watercolor. 

Image: Museum of the American Revolution, Gift of the Landenberger Family Foundation 

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Picturing Washington's Army: West Point | Headquarters

Take a closer look at the buildings and parade ground at West Point. Cadets at the United States Military Academy continue to train on the same ground where the Continental Army encamped during the Revolutionary War. 

Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 

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Picturing Washington's Army: Headquarters

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Picturing Washington's Army: Sutlers

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Opening Weekend: When Women Lost the Vote

October 2-4, 2020
Join the Museum for the opening weekend of the opening of our groundbreaking special exhibition.
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Two male adolescents, sporting military clothes provided in Revolution Place, pose for a picture one of their parental guardians is taking on their iPhone. They have their arms around each other’s shoulders.

A Revolutionary Halloweekend at the Museum

October 30 - November 1, 2020
A Revolutionary Halloweekend at the Museum is included with regular Museum admission.
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Guests with masks enjoy the images of Revolutionary War veterans.

Veterans Day Weekend at the Museum

November 11-15, 2020
Honor America’s first veterans as well as those who have served and continue to serve our nation today over Veterans Day Weekend at the Museum.
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