Pittsfield Red Knights Drum & Bugle Corps band to perform in Bennington Battle Day Parade
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The town will celebrate the 237th anniversary of the Bennington Battle with Revolutionary War-style events this weekend.
The Bennington Battle Day parade is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The parade, held in honor of Vermont's firefighters, begins at the old middle school on Main Street and ends at the Bennington Fire Station via Depot and River streets.
Battle re-enactments take place Saturday and Sunday at the Bennington Battle Monument and the Bennington Battlefield in Hoosick, N.Y. The Pittsfield Red Knights Drum & Bugle Corps will be among the groups marching in the parade.
At the monument, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, re-enactors will set up as a living history encampment for musket and artillery demonstrations, educational exhibits, and activities for children. Authentic cannons will be on display and fired periodically throughout the day.
Also at the monument on Saturday, the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument are putting on the Battle Day 5K road race. Registration for the race, which begins and ends at the monument, begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m. A half-mile kids fun run will follow.
At the battlefield in Hoosick, N.Y., events take place Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The state of Vermont also is offering free admission to its state-owned historic sites on Saturday. The sites include the Bennington Battle Monument
The Battle of Bennington, fought on Aug. 16, 1777, in Walloomsac, N.Y., saw a Colonial force of 2,000 led by General John Stark defeat a detatchment of 700 British and German soldiers under the command of Lt. Colonel Friedrich Baum, who had been sent by General John Burgoyne to raid Bennington for livestock and supplies.
In Walter Hill Crockett's 1921 history, "The Green Mountain State, Vol. 2," he quotes Stark as rallying his men by saying, "There are your enemies, the Red Coats and the Tories. They are ours, or this night Molly Stark sleeps a widow."
In the end, 207 British were killed and 700 were captured, while the Americans had 30 killed and 40 wounded. Not long after the battle, Burgoyne would surrender at Saratoga and the French would join the war on the side of the colonies.
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