History on the Hudson to Better Understand Hardships

Not every university can hold history classes where it actually happened. MAJ Rory McGovern’s HI151 classes took advantage of a break in the weather to discuss the patterns and challenges of service in the Continental Army from 1777-1779 in the cove that lays between the western anchor of the Great Chain and the ramparts of an adjacent artillery battery that were the central components of the fortification system established at West Point to control the Hudson River at that stage of the Revolution. The setting allowed cadets to better understand the hardships those soldiers endured as they built, maintained, and stood watch at these posts.

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