Category Archives: Military History

A Visit To Marilla Civil War Days in Erie County


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Marilla Civil War DaysOn July 29 & 30, Marilla, New York (in Erie County) held its 14th Annual Civil War Days at Marilla Town Park.

The weekend was packed full of activities, including a ladies period tea party, artillery demonstrations, candlelight tours, a period dance and church service, and of course battle reenactments. At Sutlers Row, vendors sold Civil War memorabilia, flags, books, and uniforms.

Each year has something a little different to offer. Previously, the event featured barn burnings, ground charges, and falling trees and buildings. Saturday’s reenactment was more conventional. Continue reading

French & Indian War Bayonet Discovered In The Adirondacks


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Loon Lake - Johnsburg Area in 1805Last fall a rusted old military bayonet was unearthed on private property just east of Loon Lake in Warren County. It was taken to David Starbuck, a noted local historical and industrial archeologist who has written extensively on Fort William Henry on Lake George.

Coincidentally, on that day Jesse Zuccaro, a student who has focused his studies on early bayonets, happened to be visiting Starbuck. Together they inspected this new find. After careful examination they concluded it was French in design and probably dated between 1728 and the 1740s. Twenty thousand of these bayonets were made and sent to New France prior to the American Revolution. Continue reading

18th-Century Artillery Seminar At Fort Ti August 5-6


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Last Argument of Kings Artillery SymposiumFort Ticonderoga will present “New Perspectives on the Last Argument of Kings: A Ticonderoga Seminar on 18th-Century Artillery,” August 5-6, 2017, in the Mars Education Center.

This weekend symposium features visiting scholars and members of the Ticonderoga Curatorial and Interpretation Departments exploring the various aspects of 18th-century artillery in the Atlantic World. Continue reading

Montcalm’s Cross: Report from Carillon Reenactment Weekend


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fort ti carillon reenactment On July 22 and 23, Fort Ticonderoga commemorated the 259th anniversary of the 1758 Battle of Carillon with a series of events called “Montcalm’s Cross,” named after French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm.

The Battle of Carillon was fought on July 8, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was the bloodiest battle of the Seven Years War fought in North America, with over 3,000 casualties. French losses were about 400, while more than 2,000 were British. Continue reading

Sackets Harbor And The Civil War Event Planned


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Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site reenactment On Saturday July 29, at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, a living history event “Sackets Harbor and the Civil War” will bring to life how soldiers lived, what they ate and drank, and what they wore and carried. The public has been invited to see how soldiers lived during the Civil War, shoulder a wooden musket and learn the 1862 military drill.

Sackets Harbor became a major recruiting station and mustering site for Northern New York where thousands entered into federal service to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Continue reading

Orange County’s John Hathorn And His Militia


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hawthorne portraitThe Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation will present a History Talk on Wednesday, July 19th at 7 pm with local historian Sue Gardner. Gardner will speak about “Most Obedient Servant: Tracking the Life and Legacy of John Hathorn and his Militia.”

John Hathorn of Warwick, “the man who lost the Battle of Minisink” was a successful military leader, politician, and activist, who served in the first and fourth Congresses of the United States. Yet his life has remained in the shadows due to the destruction of his collected papers by his family shortly after his death.

A search spanning more than 15 years has turned up a great deal about Hathorn, his close involvement with the early days of the nation and New York State, and the activities of his men during the Revolutionary War. This illustrated presentation by Sue Gardner will trace evidence of this forgotten founding father and the men who were under his command. Continue reading