Heel plate fragment from shoe excavated at West Point
Overall: 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 6.4 x 7 cm )
Iron heel plate fragment from shoe excavated at West Point; U-shaped with three holes.
This heel plate was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from the refuse pit of the Revolutionary War barracks at West Point, a series of barracks and redoubts built in Orange County, New York by the Continental Army in 1777. West Point was built to control the Hudson River, and to guard the Hudson Highlands from an attack by the British Army stationed in New York City. The plate was part of a soldier's shoe.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.