Portal talk:American Revolutionary War
Fishkill Supply Depot & Fishkill Supply Depot Soldiers Cemetery
Hello, Revolutionary War historians:
I spent some time at this site yesterday. Although I knew something about it's importance in the Revolutionary War, it's true significance as an encampment and supply depot after George Washington and the Continental Army fled NYC is profound. The Fishkill Supply Depot article is just one paragraph that lacks citations.
At present, a separate article on the cemetery probably isn't needed, but at least there should be a separate section for it. According to the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot and the Fishkill Historical Society, this is the largest known Revolutionary military cemetery in the US. They also believe that it's the first military cemetery, but West Point Cemetery may be at least contemporaneous, though it's article doesn't really pin down a starting date for it. If the bill to expand the coverage of the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to include the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 should pass the Senate (it has already cleared the House), things may start to happen. Protecting the site from further development, clearing the site of over growth, work on identifying the separate graves, and possible DNA studies are proposed areas of activity. The Fishkill Supply Depot and Van Wyck Homestead articles should be reconciled with current cemetery info (I put a message into the Homestead's Talk page about what I know.)
At the minimum, these articles should be linked: Fishkill Supply Depot, Van Wyck Homestead, Enoch Crosby, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, Israel Putnam, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, George Washington as these men were all involved in using the house on the property as an office, for court marshal proceedings, and a meeting place from 1776 to 1883.
I was told that casualties of the Battle of White Plains were the first interees into the cemetery. There's an article for the battle giving causality estimates, but nothing about burials. Crosby was a well-known spy who had a mock court marshal trial there as cover for his espionage work. There was a military hospital at the encampment that one of the FOFSD told me was "the largest one north of North Carolina". There were many clay bake ovens on the site that worked day and night to produce the loaves of bread needed by 1000s of soldiers stationed there. There are also records that they supplied French allies with bread, at least in 1881.
I don't have the WP skills to write intelligently, add citations, do linking, and to add a picture I took of a painting of Enoch Crosby. Can this portal find someone to work on these tasks or to help talk me through them? The photo is ready to go right now.