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*** HISTORICAL NARRATIVE ***
AGCRA, through the assistance of COL (Ret) Gary Gresh, commissioned the first AG Corps Print, “Washington’s Watch Chain”, by world renown artist Mort Kunstler in 2011.
The Scene: West Point, New York, the Winter of 1779. The “Great Chain” lies across the Hudson River.
The Activity: Pulling in the Great Chain as the Hudson River Froze.
The Key Players: General George Washington and his immediate Staff, to include two key Adjutants General.
After taking special notice of Timothy Pickering’s leadership abilities, General George Washington offered him the position of Adjutant General of the Continental Army in 1777.
When Washington decided to move his headquarters to West Point, NY in 1779 he took Colonel Pickering with him. Earlier at West Point, Colonel Pickering oversaw the construction of forts, batteries, redoubts and the “Great Chain” designed to block the British Navy from sailing up the Hudson River.
As the war dragged on, the chain became the main focus of Washington’s military strategy and became widely known throughout the nation as Washington’s Watch-Chain as it kept the British Navy in New York City and prevented the British from ever trying to split the colonies in two by sailing up the Hudson River.
In the winter of 1779, General Washington held a major leader strategy meeting at West Point. Washington had directed that the “Great Chain” remain in the Hudson as long as possible before the river froze to prevent a British attempt to sail towards West Point. General Washington had assembled a veritable “Whoʼs Who” at West Point that winter including his personal Protective Honor Guard; General (Baron) Von Steuben; General Joseph Gilbert du Motier (The Marquis de Lafayette) of France; Alexander Hamilton (Senior Aide de Camp and Confidante), and his two key Adjutants General – Colonel Timothy Pickering and Pickering’s successor, Colonel Alexander Scammel.
While their meetings progressed, an unexpected winter storm arrived at West Point and Washington had to hurriedly move to the riverbank to oversee the immediate withdrawal of the chain before dark so that the chain would not freeze into the river that evening. Colonel Pickering is seen showing General Washington the particulars of the Great Chain, while Colonel Scammel reviews the drawings of the placement of the chain. Washington’s Staff watches as General Washington assesses the effectiveness of the ongoing effort and the troops successfully retrieve the heavy chain using floats, barges, levers, and oxen to pull the 250-pound links onto the beach.
The “Great Chain” proved extremely effective in the defense of the American Colonies and Colonel Pickering’s success of contracting and implementation would be talked about for many years after the war had successfully ended.