Stony Point Historian to Present Lectures

Will discuss Stony Point battle and New York Campaign

On Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., the Fort Montgomery Historic Site in Fort Montgomery will present a lecture by Michael Sheehan, senior historian of Stony Point Battlefield, on the storming of the fort on July 16, 1779, by Gen. Anthony Wayne, who led 1,150 men in a bayonet-only assault up steep hills against the heavily defended British garrison. The force captured 500 defenders and 15 pieces of artillery in under a half hour. Although Stony Point was held for only a few days, the assault was a major morale booster for the Americans. To reserve a seat, call 845-446-2134.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Stony Point Historic Site in Stony Point, Sheehan will discuss the New York Campaign. Over five months of 1776, Gen. George Washington lost every major battle. His soldiers fought desperately during a retreat from the East River to the Delaware River. Call 845-786-2521 for reservations.


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