National Geographic : 1936 Jun
() INational (eographic society kinlay 'hotograph byEdwin L.Wisherd PERCHED ON A ROCKY PROMONTORY 50 MILES ABOVE NEW YORK, WEST POINT WAS ONCE AWATCHDOG FOR THE HUDSON Its need was apparent in 1777 when British forces pushed north from New York City and seized Fort Clinton, near West Point, and Fort Montgomery, five miles down the river. To block hostile ships, Americans stretched a mighty chain, each link weighing 100to130pounds, across thechannel to Constitution Island, beyond the seated cadets. Had the British broken through and united with their troops coming down from theSt.Lawrence, they would have split the Colonies in two. The man beneath the elm tree wears the white summer uniform.