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Loyal Refugee Volunteers
State of the Refugee Post

Report of the State of the Refugee Post on the West side of Hudson’s River 11th July 1780.

The defences of the Post consist of a substantial, two story Block house with two four Pounders in the upper story- a strong Stockade which runs, in right lines, from the Right and Left of the Blockhouse, to the edge of the Precipice, and, an Abbatis surrounding the whole at the distance of nearly, sixty feet from the Stockade, which is form’d of Stakes about nine feet high, with Creneaux and a Banquette.

The Refugees are lodged in the area included by the Stockade:

they are in number about one hundred- but being laboriously employ’d during the day, they can afford few men for duty at night.

The Ridge of the Hill in front of the Abbatis rises gradually till it becomes about forty feet higher than the base of the Block house, at the distance of three or four hundred yards;

to this spot an Enemy can approach with cannon in security.

Upon the whole, the Post, tho’ it appears capable of defying a Coup de main, is no where proof against Artillery.

It was recommended to the Commander of the Refugees to make a good ditch without the Stockade, throwing the excavated earth against it.

Wm. FYERS Lieutenant
and Sub Engineer

His Excellency the Commander in Chief

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 111, folio 4.

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