History buffs converge each year at the Fort Montgomery Historic Site near the Bear Mountain Bridge to commemorate the battle on Oct. 6, 1777, in which 2,100 British, Loyalist and Hessian troops attacked and overran 600 Continental Army soldiers defending the fort and nearby Fort Clinton.
The attacks were designed to divert the Americans from another Hudson River battle with British Gen. John Burgoyne but ultimately it didn’t work, as Burgoyne surrendered on Oct. 17.
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