Verplanck’s Point

A Grand Encampment

Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s watercolor of the encampment at Verplanck’s Point (August-October 1782) depicts the Continental Army at its professional best. Wooden bowers, or shades made of tree branches, decorated the long line of soldiers’ tents. Washington’s marquee tent stood on a hill where it “towered, predominant” over the camp, as one eyewitness put it.

For a month, the Continental troops at Verplanck’s Point gathered firewood for the coming winter and drilled for the next campaign. On September 22, the Continental Army demonstrated their fighting readiness for French forces marching from Virginia through the Hudson Highlands. One astonished French officer admired the transformation of an army that had “formerly had no other uniform than a cap, on which was written Liberty.” 

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

Explore a map of Verplanck’s Point
Washington’s Tent

Take a closer look at General Washington’s tent perched on a hill overlooking the encampment.

Parade Ground

Take a closer look at the area where the Continental Army showed its professionalism to the French.

1st Connecticut Brigade

Take a closer look at the decorated tents of two Connecticut regiments.

2nd Connecticut Brigade

Take a closer look at the line of tents of the 2nd and 4th Connecticut Regiments.

Rhode Island Regiment

Take a closer look at the anchor-decorated colonnade of the Rhode Island Regiment.

Massachusetts Brigades

Take a closer look at the tents of the Massachusetts regiments, visible in the background of the painting.