On 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
Last 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
Fort 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
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
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
Saratoga National Historical Park is hosting an Army Trades Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 2017.
Armies in the American Revolution were towns on the move and included important craftsmen like blacksmiths, carpenters, tailors, shoemakers, and tinsmiths. These tradesmen and women kept armies clothed, and repaired vital items needed in the fight for freedom. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, coverage of the 2017 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference Part 2 – Canadian historian Gavin Watt, professor William Fowler on George Washington, history blogger Peter Feinman, author and reenactor Phil Weaver.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The 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
This week on “The Historians” podcast, coverage of the 2017 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference (Part 1) with tour guide Travis Bowman, Benedict Arnold filmmakers Anthony Vertucci and Tom Mercer, Eric Schnitzer on battle tactics at Saratoga and anthropologist Dean Snow.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters will present a day of Revolutionary War activities on July 4, 2017. At New Windsor Cantonment see a military drill and cannon firing at 2 pm, followed by a children’s wooden musket drill.
At Knox’s Headquarters tour the 1754 Ellison House, the military command post for three generals. Continue reading