Margaret Corbin becomes a soldier at the Picturesque Battle of Fort Washington in Fort Tryon Park
Margaret Corbin was a hero in this battle and the first female American soldier wounded and recognized with a 50% Army pension. She is further memorialized by being buried at West Point military cemetery. Margaret was a "Molly Pitcher" and fought bravely at the side of her husband who fired an 8 lb cannon until being shot and killed. Margaret stepped up and kept firing. Our tour starts where the Hessian's began their assault on Ft Washington climbing up through what is now Fort Tryon Park. I describe the Lenapi Indian names for major features, explain how the Rockefeller family saved the site and turned it into a park with a 360* vista across the Hudson and palisades. We stand at the spot where Margaret herself lay wounded. We then walk to the site of Fort Washington and the highest natural point in Manhattan. There is a cannon similar to the one the Corbin's fired and an inlaid outline of the walls of the fort. We then walk down to the Hudson where George Washington tied his boat to the shore.
This tour begins at approximately the time the British began firing canons from University Heights at Fort Washington. As we walk up following the original path I describe the battle and what is different today about Fort Tryon Park. We end up on the banks of the Hudson River under the George Washington Bridge where George tied up his boat.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At 200 Street and Broadway. Large sculpture titled The Pod. Served by the A subway train.
End location: On the shore of the Hudson River under the George Washington Bridge at the Little Red Light House .
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Climbing the path that the Hessian mercinaries took up to where Fort Washington stood on top of Long Hill, is filled with great views of the Hudson River, the Palisades and all the way to the Long Island Sound.
This tour is done by walking.
My services providing a private tour that follows the route of the Hessian soldiers as they marched up to and defeated the Patriot fortifications on the top of Long Hill at Fort Washington.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 USD - Drinks and snacks
Food and other possible necessities