The Continental Army’s Home Base
In August 1782, Pierre Charles L’Enfant painted West Point, the administrative and strategic center of the Continental Army. Since the spring of 1778, West Point had become the army’s largest post. During that summer, New England troops dug entrenchments on the surrounding hills and built fortifications on Constitution Island, across the river. These buildings and fortifications are visible in L’Enfant’s scene.
Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.Explore a map of West Point
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