David Levine is a freelance writer and author. “The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years” is his seventh book; he is also the author, co-author or ghostwriter of six sports books, including Life on the Rim (Macmillan) and In the Land of Giants (Little, Brown). He is a contributing writer for Hudson Valley, Westchester and 914Inc magazines, and is a regular contributor to USNews and World Report. Levine’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, American Heritage, Governing, New York Daily News Sunday Magazine and dozens of other publications, and his work has been selected for two editions of BestSports Stories. He lives in Albany, NY.
Map of West Point fortifications from 1778 to 1783, showing the Great Chain and a separate log boom placed downstream to absorb the momentum of any ship attempting to breach the chain from United States Military Academy Department of Geography, Public domain, via Wikimedia
Image of the remnants of the earthworks of Chain Battery at West Point, New York Courtesy of Timt1006, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Image of sketch of the Great Chain via, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons from UNC
Image of portion of the Great Chain at Trophy Point at West Point, NY. The display consists of thirteen links of the chain (one for each original state), one swivel, and one clevi. Courtesy of Timt1006, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
Image of portions of chain in NYS Capitol via Kenneth C. Zirkel, via Creative Commons License
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