Category Archives: Military History

Almanzo Wilder Homestead Harvest Fest Saturday


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civil war reenactorsThe Almanzo Wilder Homestead’s annual Harvest Festival and Civil War Living History Encampment will take place on  September 24th at the farm in Burke, NY.

Saturday’s festivities will include pumpkin painting, 19th century games and scarecrow stuffing for children, and a variety of craft and farm market vendors. There will be on-site demonstrations of spinning, shingle making, blacksmithing, and others. Children are invited to participate in the scavenger hunt in the barns. The Wilder buildings will all be open from 10 am to 4 pm for self-guided tours. Continue reading

Knickerbocker Commodore: Life and Times of John Drake Sloat


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knickerbocker commodoreBruce Castleman’s new book, Knickerbocker Commodore: The Life and Times of John Drake Sloat 1781-1867 (SUNY Press, 2016) chronicles the life of Rear Admiral John Drake Sloat, an important but understudied naval figure in US history.

Born and raised by a slave-owning gentry family in New York’s Hudson Valley, Sloat moved to New York City at age nineteen.

Castleman explores Sloat’s forty-five-year career in the Navy, from his initial appointment as midshipman in the conflicts with revolutionary France to his service as commodore during the country’s war with Mexico. Continue reading

Irish Fenians In The North Country


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fenian meetingToday we would label them a “paramilitary organization.” In the years immediately following the American Civil War, life in the Adirondacks was briefly interrupted by the Fenians, also known as the Fenian Brotherhood.

The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish Republican organization founded in New York in 1858 by John O’Mahoney. Their name is derived from legends about ancient Irish warriors called the Fianna.

Their goal was an Irish Republic free of British rule. Continue reading

Saratoga Battlefield To Eliminate Entrance Fees


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Saratoga Battlefield and Hudson RiverBeginning November 1, 2016, Saratoga National Historical Park will no longer charge entrance fees for visiting the park.

After analyzing the costs and benefits of the recreational fee program, park leadership determined that it is in the best interest of both Saratoga NHP and the public to eliminate entrance charges according to a press release sent to the media. The current entrance fees for vehicles ($5), pedestrians and cyclists ($3), and the park annual pass ($10) will remain in place until November 1. Continue reading

Crown Point Encampment and Battle Reenactment


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British Landing photo courtesy of NYS ParksCrown Point State Historic Site will host its annual French and Indian War Encampment on August 13 and 14, 2016. This is the largest event of the year at the site and features authentically clad French, British, and Native American participants camped among the fort ruins. Guests to the camp are able to interact with the participants portraying various people of Crown Point’s past and also have the opportunity to purchase some of the 18th century wares produced and exhibited by artisans and merchants. Continue reading