On the afternoon of August 16, 1777 a Revolutionary War battle took place which resulted in an American victory. An American force of 2,000 New Hampshire and Massachusetts militiamen, led by General John Stark with aid from Colonel Seth Warner, along with elements of Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, defeated a combined force of 1,250 dismounted Brunswick dragoons, Canadians, Loyalists, and Native Americans led by Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum. To this day, August 16, the Battle of Bennington is celebrated as a legal holiday in Vermont and a 306 foot tall Bennington Battle Monument commemorates the battle.
The odd thing about this celebrated battle is that it didn’t actually take place in Bennington, VT but around 10 miles away in Walloomsac, NY.
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