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What a month!
The 240th anniversary of the battle has come and gone. To mark it, we held a two day reenactment weekend and hosted our annual commemoration ceremony. On top of that, Dr. Robert Selig visited the site and delivered a presentation on the topic of battlefield burials. Those who attended his talk are unlikely to ever forget it.
Special thanks goes to the Brigade of the American Revolution, our cosponsor for the reenactment. The work of Tom DeLucco and Henry Cooke in support of Peter Schaaphok ensured the event went off smoothly. John Sheaff took the lead on the commemoration and did a wonderful job as always with the program.
We were honored to welcome representatives of the SAR and DAR at the ceremony including Duane Booth, Linda Wood, Doug Wood, Sonia Mallar, Tim Mabee, Heather Mabee, Julie McGinty, Kenneth Roach and Wayne Mallar. Wayne took the opportunity to deliver an excellent presentation on one of the the "Hessians" in the battle.
The aftermath of the American assault on the Dragoon Redoubt.
SAR and DAR representatives pay their respects by laying wreaths at our August 16th commemoration.
Looking ahead, we have a great calendar of events for the month of September.
Meeting of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield
Thursday, September 14, 3:00 PM: Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY
Meetings of the Friends group are open to the public. New members are always welcome. The group operates a website, pens a newsletter and plans events.
Friday, September 15, 7:00 PM: near the Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
Rain date: Saturday, September 16, 7:00 PM
We will be showing a movie with a Revolutionary theme on the grounds of the caretaker’s house. The screening will be outdoors. Warm clothing suggested. Picnic coolers welcome. The event is free and open to the public.
On the Trail of Julius Friedrich Wasmus
Sunday, September 17, 1:00 PM: Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY
Join us for a presentation delivered by battlefield docent Bob Hoar that will follow the path of the most famous chronicler of the Battle of Bennington, the Braunschweig surgeon J. F. Wasmus.
September Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 PM: Barnett House, 30 Caretakers Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY
We are reading With Musket and Tomahawk: The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777 by Michael O. Logusz . The focus will be primarily on the Bennington Chapter.
Philip Skene and the Battle of Bennington
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 PM, Pittstown Town Hall, 97 Tomhannock Rd., Valley Falls, NY 12185
Philip Skene served as Chief Commissioner of Supplies and Commissary of Oaths in Burgoyne’s army and was in charge of crucial interactions with the inhabitants of New York. He joined the Bennington expedition and was present for the second engagement. Learn more about him at this event, co-sponsored by the Pittstown Historical Society.
Walking Tour of the Battlefield
Thursday, September 21, 1:00 PM: Bennington Battlefield, NYS RT-67, Hoosick, NY
Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. A mix of walking & driving is required. Visitors should meet in the main parking area to begin.
Tour of the Retreat Fields
Friday, September 22, 1:00 PM, meeting at 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, NY
The grounds of the caretaker’s house included a farmstead and battle related fortifications in 1777. Join us for a tour focused on the center of Baum’s line and main thrust of Stark’s attack.
Battle Loop Trail Hike
Friday, September 29, 1:00 PM: Bennington Battlefield, main parking lot, NYS RT-67, Hoosick, NY
Join us for a guided hike that will include history of the battle. The trail is approximately 1 mile over moderate terrain.
Walking Tour of the Battlefield
Saturday, September 30, 1:00 PM: Bennington Battlefield, main parking lot, NYS RT-67, Hoosick, NY
Tour the main areas of interest in the first engagement of the Battle of Bennington. A mix of walking & driving is required.