“Bennington . . . proved to be the turning point of the Saratoga campaign,which was the turning point of the War."
- G. M. Trevelyan
Battle of Bennington Reenactment & 240th Anniversary Commemoration
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site located on NYS RT-67 will host a reenactment of the Battle of Bennington on August 12th and 13th as well as a commemoration August 16th.
Encampments will be open to the public at 10:00 AM both days. On Saturday, August 12th at 2:30 visitors may observe the attack on the Dragoon Redoubt. On Sunday, August 13th there will be an attack on the Tory Fort at 1:30 PM.
Parking will be available near the Barnett House, located at 30 Caretakers Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY. Transportation will be offered on August 12th between the parking area and dragoon redoubt. Some walking will be required to observe the action on August 13th with closer parking reserved for those unable to make the walk.
Robert Selig will also deliver a presentation, "Aftermath of the Battle of Bennington," at 7:30 PM on Saturday the 12th between the encampments near 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY. On 17 August 1777, dozens of corpses littered the countryside from North Hoosick to the river-flats where Colonel Baum had made his stand. Disposing of them, or not, sooner, or sometimes later, fell mostly to the civilian population, as was usually the case during the American War of Independence. Focusing on the disposal of the casualties of the Battle of Bennington, this talk addresses a rarely-covered and at times gory aspect of battles.
An annual commemoration ceremony will also be held on August 16th at 7:00 PM near the main parking area of Hessian Hill. Dignitaries from local chapters of the SAR and DAR will be present as will the 2nd Continental Regiment of Artillery. The event is FREE and open to the public.
Call David Pitlyk for more details (518-860-9094) or visit www.bennington240.com.