Up the Hudson from West Point, New York USA about 1892


UP THE HUDSON FROM WEST POINT, NEW YORK — Fifty-one miles north of New York City stands the great Military Academy of the United States, West Point. If it had been demanded by its founders that an exquisitely beautiful and peaceful location should be secured for this, nothing more perfect could have been obtained than the remarkable promontory on which this training school for warriors has been placed. The scenery on every side is charming. Glorious indeed are the glimpses which one gains here of the Hudson’s winding shores, to which history, poetry and legend give undying interest. Blue in the sun, flecked with light shadows from the passing clouds, or dark and wrathful ’neath a storm, this river is a constant source of pleasure and fascination. Paths of ideal beauty wind about these hillsides, sun-sheltered by the trees and rendered cool and fragrant by the breezes from the moving stream. Old Rhenish castles, it is true, do not remind us here of feudal times, but history has left some traces even on these banks which stir the heart of an American patriot. During the war of the Revolution West Point was one of our most important military posts, from which our troops were sent out to their various battlefields. These hills are also haunted with souvenirs of Treason. For who can here forget the infamous attempt of Benedict Arnold to deliver this stronghold to the enemy? The American Nation is yet young, and none can say what great events may not in future be enacted on the borders of this stream. God grant, however, that its limpid surface may never again be darkened by the shadow of a traitor, until the waves, which peacefully sweep by these wooded hills to-day, shall have commingled with the ocean, shall have been resolved to mist to fall again in showers on the Adirondack Mountains, and once more, possibly ages hence, shall roll in splendor to the open sea. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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