Category Archives: Military History

The Puerto Rican Soldier, America’s Foreign Legionnaire


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“The Puerto Rican Soldier: America’s Foreign Legionnaire”Independent historian Miguel Hernández, an independent historian will present talk on “The Puerto Rican Soldier: America’s Foreign Legionnaire” in Honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Tesday, October 11th, in Ossining, NY.

The Puerto Rico based U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units are American fighting forces with limited U.S. citizenship rights and other social characteristics that set them apart from their counterparts in the U.S. mainland. Accordingly, they are, de facto, America’s Foreign Legionnaires.

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Saratoga, Yorktown Celebration Planned For NYC


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Trinity Church CemeteryThe Lower Manhattan Historical Society as announced the third annual commemoration of the American Revolutionary War victories at the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, at the Trinity Churchyard, 79 Broadway (at Wall Street), in the City of New York.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, two days before the 239th anniversary of the surrender by British General Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne of his 10,000 man force to American General Horatio Gates, the commanding general at the Battle of Saratoga, on October 17, 1777. Continue reading

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