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Revolutionary War hero Stark is talk topic

A free talk on John Stark, the man who led American forces to victory at the Battle of Bennington actually fought in Hoosick, New York, takes place  Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m.,  at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.

Richard and John Polhemus, authors of “The Life and Wars of John Stark,” will present the free  lecture on the Revolutionary War general and captain in the French and Indian War and his impact on the American Revolution.

The New Hampshire Militia leader and farmer commanded a force of New Hampshire militiamen and Vermont Green Mountain Boys at the Battle of Bennington on Aug. 16, 1777. The battle was one of several fought during Gen. John Burgoyne’s campaign to capture Albany, which ended in his defeat at Saratoga.

At the Battle of Bennington, Starks force of 2,000 citizen soldiers cornered a 700-man British force comprised of Hessian infantrymen, Canadian and Loyalist soldiers and Indians on a hilltop. The force had been sent by Burgoyne to capture American supplies at Bennington. The location is now marked by the Battle of Bennington Monument.

Stark, who had marched his New Hampshire soldiers across the Green Mountains to reach Hoosick, organized his men and successfully attacked uphill against an entrenched enemy.

The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center is housed in the historic New York State Armory in Saratoga Springs. The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.

Visit http://www.friendsofthenysmilitarymuseum.com/. Phone 786-4581.

Gloria Mazure

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