Sarah’s Point, 1776


A sketch of the operations of His Majesty’s fleet and army under the command of Vice Admiral the Rt. Hble. Lord Viscount Howe and Genl. Sr. Wm. Howe, K.B., in 1776.

Detail from a British military map depicting the Battle of White Plains in 1776.

The detail shows Sarah’s Point, one of the many early names for Croton Point—named for Sarah Teller. The map is interesting for its size and detail, but it is greatly distorted. The area to the southeast of Sarah’s Point (due east of modern day Ossining) is meant to be White Plains.

The bridge crossing the lower Croton River appears to be where Quaker Bridge is today, but there was no bridge over the lower Croton in 1776. The bridge is actually Pine’s Bridge, which was several miles east of where it is depicted.

A similar map with the same distortion is below. Note that it refers to Croton Point as Enoch Point and moves “Terrytown” up to Ossining.

Sources: Library of Congress, New York Public Library


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