3 thoughts on “5 Questions: Beverley Robinson

  1. Beverley Robinson is was too modest about the achievements of his Loyalist ancestor of the same name in connection with Benedict Arnold and the British cause.

    “In the treason of Arnold,” one author notes, “[Robinson’s] name and acts occur continually” as a co-conspirator and facilitator of communication between Arnold and Major John André for the betrayal of West Point.

    In addition, according to Sir Henry Clinton, the commander of British forces during the war, Robinson “was appointed to the command of a [Loyalist] regiment composed chiefly of his own tenants, at the head of which he distinguished himself upon several occasions, and particularly at the storming of [the American nationalist defenses at] Fort Montgomery on Oct. 6, 1777.”

  2. Beverley Robinson said of his ancestor: “He was clearly helping the Brits. He wasn’t just pulling back and being a country squire.”

    As Bryan Dunlap notes, this claim seems extraordinarily modest, given the colossal damage to Washington’s forces that may fairly be traced to this ancestor. Robinson lived in Garrison. When war broke out, he went to New York City to organize a Loyalist regiment to fight with the British.

    On Oct. 6, 1777, he joined his forces with those of Gen. Henry Clinton, and, because of his intimate knowledge of the trails and terrain, was able to lead these forces in one of the most audacious undertakings of the war. It involved a landing of 4,000 infantry at Stony Point, a march over Dunderberg and a pincers movement around Bear Mountain, to attack and overwhelm the Continental forces at Forts Montgomery and Clinton from the rear. And then to sink the great chain spanning the Hudson from Fort Montgomery to Bear Mountain, a chain supported by rafts and ordered by Gen. George Washington to stop the British Armada gathering in New York Harbor with upstream intentions.

    The overland attack could not possibly have been successfully carried out without Robinson’s applied knowledge and cooperation. For this reason, one could fairly claim he was the procuring cause of this massive setback to the struggle for liberty.

  3. This interview was very interesting. We have the Robinson land sale records here at the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office. [via Facebook]

    Kendall is the Dutchess County clerk.