Battle of Cobleskill: A New Look

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Mohawk military and political leader Joseph BrantThe Summer Lecture Series at the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to continue on Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm with “A New Look at the Battle of Cobleskill”, with Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart.

Historians and local residents may be familiar with the Battle of Cobleskill on May 30, 1778. The events of that day were later recorded by at least four prominent historians of the nineteenth century: Brown, Simms, Roscoe, and Warner. Their stories, all based on the accounts of local militia, are one-sided.

Continental soldiers from Massachusetts made up the majority of the Patriot force, which also included the local militia. They were led by Captain William Patrick of Stoughton, MA, who was killed along with fifteen of his men.

Only six Continental soldiers survived the battle uninjured, and they were quickly sent back to their regiment in Albany. Their version of the events of that day was never heard locally.

Historian Ted Shuart has spent years researching the battle and offers a new perspective: that of the professional soldiers present at the Battle of Cobleskill.

The lecture will begin at 7 pm in the Badgley Museum Annex at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex, located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road.

Refreshments and a door prize will be provided by Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youths.

The cost is $5 and free for students and Schoharie County Historical Society members.

For more information, contact the museum at (518) 295-7192, or visit their website.

Illustration of Mohawk military and political leader Joseph Brant.

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