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Introduction
1)
Title
Paulding, John
2)
Town, State
Cortlandt, NY
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ID #
1842
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
September 29, 2009
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
September 29, 2009
6)
Site Worked Last
September 15, 2010
Description
The monument remembers John Paulding (1758-1818) in deed and person. A New York farmer and militiaman during the formative years of the U.S., especially during the War for Independence. Paulding and two compatriots (Williams and Van Wart) apprehended Major John André, British officer and spy handling the intended defector Major General Benedict Arnold in a treasonous scheme to hand over to British forces Arnold’s general command of and the Continental army’s post at West Point. • The 13-foot marble sculpture is composed of a cone resting atop a pedestal, covering the grave of patriot Paulding. Seven feet along each of its four sides, and surrounded by a four-foot tall iron enclosure, the work was erected by Francis and James Kain, of New York. • Situated beneath a tall tree in the churchyard of Old Saint Peter’s, the memorial stands in the church’s burial ground at the corner where Oregon Road intersects Locust Avenue, in Cortlandt, New York. • The monument was sponsored by the Corporation of the City of New York, whose officers and mayor, also named Paulding, journeyed to the site for its dedication. The city’s Common Council had approved a resolution to erect the monument on December 4, 1826. • With one of Paulding’s fellow militiaman, Isaac Van Wart, in attendance, but with the marble cone evidently not yet available, on November 22, 1827, the monument was unveiled.
Content
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1)
Patriotism
2)
Men and women in war
3)
Business/Commerce
5)
Caucasian
6)
War for Independence
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Sculpture w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock
5)
Average (life-size)
6)
Main + Three
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2800-812.1, 2800-812.2, 2800-812.3, 2800-812.4, 2800-812.5, 2800-812.6, 2800-812.7, 2800-812.8
10)
Design Preservation
Failing
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Kain, Francis
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Kain, James
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
F. & J. Kain  
13.2)
Fabricator City
New York 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Cemetery/burial ground
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
4 Satisfactory
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
3 Wanting
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.0 Satisfactory (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
Not Entered
5)
November 22, 1827
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Community Group/Not For Profit
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
The War for Independence
Demography
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1)
File Number
20
2)
Town/City
Cortlandt
3)
County
Westchester
4)
District
Cortlandt Manor
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
10567
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
41.3137490000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.9005660000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Oregon Rd
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Locust Ave
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Old Saint Peter’s Churchyard
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Van Cortlandtville
15)
Man-made
16)
Government, Local
17)
Revolution: War/Governance | 1774-1788
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
September 29, 2009
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Newspaper
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
STORY: Major André was intercepted by Paulding et. al. on the morning of September 23, 1780.
PORTFOLIO: Business/Commerce -- Farmer
DESIGN: Text Availability, All – Much of the narrative inscription, due in part to weather and age of the work, is failing and difficult to read; also, the fence surrounding the memorial inhibits closer inspection. The following text -- centered on the base of the monument's southern side -- is (a) quoted from an article in The New York Times, dated 12/2/1894, as (b) annotated by the database using brackets [ for example ] based its visual study of the monument itself:
“Here Repose the [mortal] remains of / JOHN PAULDING. / [W]ho died on the 18th day of / February, 1818, / [i]n the 60th year of his age. / On the morning of the 23d of / September, 1780, / Accompanied by two young Farmers of the [/] County of Westchester, / ([W]hose names will one day be recorded / [O]n their own deserved monuments[.]) / He intercepted the British Spy, André. / POOR HIMSELF. / He disdained to acquire wealth by the sac[-]rifice of / HIS COUNTRY. / Rejecting the temptation of great rewards, / He conveyed his prisoner to the American Camp; / [AND] / By this [A]ct of noble self-denial / The [T]reason of Arnold was detected, / The designs of the enemy baffled; / West Point and the American Army saved; / [AND THESE UNITED STATES], / Now by the grace of G[OD] Free and Inde[-/]pendent, / Rescued from most imminent [/] peril.”
SITE MAINTENANCE: Community Group/Not For Profit -- Site administrator: The Old Cemetery at Van Cortlandtville (est. 3/23/1752), situated at the Old Saint Peter’s Episcopal Churchyard (ded. 1767 and listed on the National Register of Historical Places), is administered by Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 137 North Division St., Peekskill, NY.
SPONSOR: Government, Local -- City of New York.
SOURCES: Several articles from The New York Times on the topic: one dated 9/24/1880; and others, 12/2/1894 and 5/10/1896.




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