Category Archives: Military History

Sackets Harbor Discussions: After The Civil War


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Josh Canale and Dr. John DeansThis autumn, the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site will continue their readings and discussions series with a “follow up” which takes up where the previous Civil War topic concluded.

Jefferson Community College history instructor Josh Canale will guide the discussions during four Tuesday 7 pm sessions on September 12, 19, 26 and Oct 17. Facilitating with Josh is the College’s past president and history instructor Dr. John W. Deans. Continue reading

Q&A: Test Your Battle of Plattsburgh Knowledge


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The Battle of Plattsburgh celebration is upon us again, so there’s no better time than now for a little Q&A to test your knowledge (and you’ll learn stuff, too!) about a truly remarkable victory.

The focus here is on Commodore Thomas Macdonough, who was lauded nationally as a hero for his actions on Lake Champlain. On Plattsburgh’s museum campus (located on the former air base property), you’ll find the Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s War of 1812 Museum, and check out the schedule of events for the 2017 Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration running from September 7–10. There’s something for everyone, with plenty of great family venues. Continue reading

British Soldiers, American War


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ben_franklins_worldWhat about the British Redcoats?

When we discuss the military history of the American War for Independence, we tend to focus on specific battles or details about the men who served in George Washington’s Continental Army.

Rarely do we take the opportunity to ask questions about the approximately 50,000 men who served in the British Army that opposed them.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Don N. Hagist, independent scholar and author of British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution (Westholme Publishing, 2012), leads us on exploration of the “other” men who fought in the American War for Independence, the soldiers in the British Army. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/147

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Military History Event at Schuyler Flatts This Weekend


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Time Line of World HistoryThe City of Watervliet Historical Society will host a “Time Line of World History” at the Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, from 10 am to 4 pm Rt.

This family friendly event will have re-enactors of various wars including Union and Confederate Civil War units. There will be strong representation of U.S. Civil War re-enactors, as well as 20th Century German and Italian units, Roman Empire Vikings, and more. There will be displays of military uniforms, customs, drills, and weapons. Continue reading

A Report From Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Weekend


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Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Weekend reenactmentOn August 5 and 6, Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site in Jefferson County, New York held its annual War of 1812 weekend, complete with military encampment, an English Country Dance, Sea Chanteys, and of course reenactments of the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor.

The Second Battle of Sackets Harbor was fought on May 29, 1813 between British forces under the command of Colonel Edward Baynes and American forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Electus Backus of the Regular Army and Brigadier General Jacob Brown of the New York State Militia. Continue reading

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