Category Archives: Military History

Fort Ticonderoga Journal Reborn, Seeks Submissions


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fort ticonderogaFort Ticonderoga has announced they are seeking submissions for the 2019 issue of The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum.

Published since 1927, the Bulletin has been a resource for historians, scholars, and the public for over 90 years, publishing a wide range of articles on North American military history. After a 15-year hiatus, The Bulletin returned to print in 2016 as an illustrated, annual publication and, with the 2019 issue, will become a peer-reviewed journal. Continue reading

Ulysses S. Grant in New York: Civil War General, President


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view from grants cottageThe cottage rests on a quiet and forested hilltop just outside of Saratoga Springs. Visitors need to pass through the barren entrance to a one-time correctional facility, an intimidating experience to say the least. Once through the abandoned guard station, and up the winding rough road, the ground levels out with the neat building on the left.

To the right, a trail to the stunning view of the Adirondacks to the north, the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, and the Catskills to the south. On a blistering, hot day in July 1885, General and President Ulysses S. Grant was brought by wheelchair to this very spot, cancer was eating away his throat, and he had just completed a 300,000-plus word memoir, and knew death was near. Continue reading

Army Trades Weekend at Saratoga National Historical Park


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A barrel maker interacts with visitors at Saratoga NHP Army Trades WeekendAn Army Trades Weekend has been set for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 from 10 am to 4 pm, at Saratoga National Historic Park.

In the Revolutionary War, armies employed a variety of professional tradesmen and women who worked to provide and repair supplies needed by the troops. Blacksmiths made or fixed ironwork; tailors and seamstress sewed and repaired clothing; Woodworkers built barrels, carriages, and wheels; Tinsmiths made artillery cartridge casings; Armorers repaired muskets; Cordwainers made military accoutrements and shoes for the troops. Continue reading

Quentin Roosevelt Exhibit Opens at Sagamore Hill


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quentin roosevelt exhibitSagamore Hill National Historic Site has announced the opening of a new exhibit on Quentin Roosevelt who died in a dogfight over France during World War One.

On Saturday, July 14th Sagamore Hill will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Quentin Roosevelt’s death with a historic biplane flyover of the Roosevelt Home presented by the Bayport Aerodrome Society. The event will also include live music and a portrayal of World War One era soldiers. Activities begin at 10 am.

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The Continental Commissary at Warwick, Orange County


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Daniel Burt letter to George WashingtonSometimes the past changes. For the Friends of Hathorn House research team, a chance remark led to discovery of a lost chapter in Warwick’s history — the Continental Army’s supply depot here.

In 1780-81, the Army kept a large and active post near the Village of Warwick, NY which stored and shipped supplies to the troops. The depot was not without controversy, however. The citizens of Warwick proved to be challenging partners. Continue reading

Hubbardton Battle Revolutionary War Weekend, July 7 & 8


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battle of hubbardton reenactmentHistory enthusiasts are set to gather again at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont, to commemorate the July 7, 1777 Revolutionary War battle fought there, on July 7 and 8, 2018. The event runs on Saturday from 9:30 to 5:00, and on Sunday from 7:45 to 3:00, with the site closing at 5:00.

Scores of re-enactors from around the northeast will be encamped to present a colorful, full-scale history pageant, believed to be the largest Revolutionary War living history weekend in Northern New England. The event honors the war’s only battle fought solely in what would become Vermont. Continue reading

Civil War Weekend Planned For Grant Cottage


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Blue Armed RidersTickets are now available for the Civil War Weekend, a fundraiser for The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, which will be held on August 11 and 12 at D.A. Collins’ Ballard Road property in Wilton.

This official bicentennial celebration event of the Town of Wilton will include dozens of Civil War era reenactors. Camp life, infantry, artillery, cavalry drills, battles, and firing demonstrations will bring the period to life. The Iron Jacks, 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and Veterans in the New Field will provide musical performances during the weekend. Children’s activities, book signings, military artifact displays, food and vendors will offer a weekend full of learning for all ages. Continue reading