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Hallowed Ground The Great Chain, West Point, N.Y.

From the outset of the American Revolutionary War it was apparent to the combatant armies that control of the Hudson River Valley would in all likelihood determine the outcome of the conflict. Certainly British domination of the valley would effectively sever New England—the hotspot of the conflict—from the other colonies.

It was equally obvious the river itself was the key to holding the valley. John Adams

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