The passageway was called "The Clove." It led from New Jersey through the "Highlands" to the storehouses at Newburgh and Fishkill. It also led to the ferry at Fishkill that connected the colonies of New England with the rest of the rebels.
Today that passageway is the route of trains and cars. The New York Thruway (I-87) uses that route to get from New York City to Albany.
|Location of the Clove. North of New York City and West of the Hudson River, ©2015 Google|
Entering the Clove at its southern opening, every driver stares straight ahead at the peak called "Ramapo Torne." Soon the road swings left and passes to the west of the ridge.
|Entrance to "The Clove" at Suffern, New York. This area was referred to as Ramapo during the Revolutionary War. ©2015 Google|
In January of 1777, the militia companies of Ulster County were stationed close to the base of this hill. They were on alert for British forces that had captured New York City the previous fall. Included were some men from the regiment of Jonathan Hasbrouck. No musters exist, but it is likely that Joel Campbell or some of his sons were at "Ramapo" as they were in Hasbrouck's Newburgh regiment. The forces were led by Brigadier General George Clinton who would be elected the first governor of the state of New York before the year was over.
On the 12th of January 1777, Colonel Hasbrouck listed his officers who were on duty at Ramapo. He named two captains, one of whom was Bondawine Tarpening who led the company of which the Campbells were members. That company had 22 privates on guard, 16 AWOL, 6 cooks, and 2 sick.
|View South from Ramapo Torne. I-87 bridge over Ramapo River is visible on the right.|
|Zoom of New York Skyline from Ramapo Torne.|
|Ramapo Torne from hill now occupied by Mt Fuji Restaurant.|
|Another plaque located on the other side of I-87 at about 60 Torne Valley Road, 41.130020, -74.165311.|