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“Early West Point History: The Long Gray Line” presentation this Saturday at the Lincoln Depot Museum


Sitting high above the Hudson River, West Point has a deep and storied history that stretches back over two centuries. Serving initially as a fort, protecting the valuable Hudson River during the American Revolution, the United States Military Academy at West Point was formally established in 1802. For the next two hundred and twenty years or so, the Academy produced some of America’s greatest military leaders, who fought for the United States in numerous wars and conflicts. 

Many USMA graduates would go on to serve the nation as civil engineers, leaders of business and industry, and as key figures in politics. However, West Point is no ordinary college. It has a rich and honorable history, as well as a somewhat mysterious past that includes more than two centuries of tradition, ritual, and possibly even murder.

Join the Lincoln Depot Museum this Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm as they present “Early West Point History: The Long Gray Line to The Pale Blue Eve” with United States Military Academy Professor of History Dr. Samuel Watson. Learn more about the fascinating history of West Point.

Professor Watson is an author and editor for The West Point History of the American Revolution, The West Point History of the Civil War, and The West Point History of Warfare. He has written nearly eighty book reviews in scholarly journals and has presented more than forty papers at academic conferences, as well as numerous talks to the public.

This program is part of the First Saturdays at the Museum and is brought to the public by the Friends of the Lincoln Depot Museum. Museum Doors Open at 1:00 PM. Program begins at 2:00 pm and the cost is $10 for admission.


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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]