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Andre Memorial, Tappan

HERE DIED, OCTOBER 2, 1780, MAJOR JOHN ANDRE, OF THE BRITISH ARMY, WHO, ENTERING THE AMERICAN LINES ON A SECRET MISSION TO BENEDICT ARNOLD, FOR THE SURRENDER OF WEST POINT, WAS TAKEN PRISONER, TRIED AND CONDEMNED AS A SPY. HIS DEATH, THOUGH ACCORDING TO THE STERN RULE OF WAR, MOVED EVEN HIS ENEMIES TO PITY; AND BOTH ARMIES MOURNED THE FATE OF ONE SO YOUNG AND SO BRAVE. IN 1821 HIS REMAINS WERE REMOVED TO WESTMINSTER ABBEY. A HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE EXECUTION THIS STONE WAS PLACED ABOVE THE SPOT WHERE HE LAY, BY A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, AGAINST WHICH HE FOUGHT, NOT TO PERPETUATE THE RECORD OF STRIFE, BUT IN TOKEN OF THOSE BETTER FEELINGS WHICH HAVE SINCE UNITED TWO NATIONS, ONE IN RACE, IN LANGUAGE, AND IN RELIGION, WITH THE HOPE THAT THIS FRIENDLY UNION WILL NEVER BE BROKEN.

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