ARMY CAMP 1776

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Event
Location
61 Hearthstone Road, Yonkers, NY
Lat/Long
40.984104, -73.835561
Grant Recipient
Westchester County Archives
Historic Marker

ARMY CAMP 1776

Inscription

ARMY CAMP 1776
CONTINENTAL ARMY TROOPS
CAMPED IN THIS AREA, PART OF
PHILIPSBURG MANOR, PRIOR TO
THE BATTLE OF WHITE PLAINS,
OCTOBER 28, 1776.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2017

This area was the campsite of the Phillips Manor units of the Continental Army, under the direction of General George Washington, in the days prior to the Battle of White Plains on October 28, 1776.

Intending to rout Washington’s troops, British Gen. William Howe landed troops in Westchester County. In response, Washington retreated farther, establishing this encampment in White Plains, alas the General failed to establish firm control over local high ground. A surviving King’s Army battle map from the period notes the “particularly distinguished engagement” between the opposing sides. The topographic record also demonstrates the strategic advantage gained as the redcoats drove Washington’s troops from a hill near the village.