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Battle of Minisink Commemorated in Ceremonies on July 21 and 22

July 18, 2012

MINISINK FORD, NY — The 233rd anniversary of the American Revolution’s Battle of Minisink will be commemorated with a July 21 observance at Sullivan County’s Minisink Battleground Park in Minisink Ford, NY, and a July 22 ceremony at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Lackawaxen, PA.

Starting Friday evening, July 20, members of the Navasing Long Rifles and Third Ulster Militia will set up an 18th century encampment at the Battlefield Park located on County Rt. 168. The public is welcome to visit through Sunday morning, July 22.

The formal itinerary begins Saturday, July 21 with a 2 p.m. living history program in the park pavilion. Tony Domingo, President of the Navasing Long Rifles describes significant sites in the militia’s bloody skirmish with the British Tories and Mohawks led by Captain Joseph Brant, as well as weaponry and other equipment of the period.

The observance moves up to the memorial field at 4 p.m. for the traditional ceremony at which the Sullivan County Division of Public Works sets up chairs and an audio system to accommodate the public. This year they will also provide transportation up the steep hill for those unable to make the climb. Battle of Minisink observance coordinator and Sullivan County Historian John Conway of Barryville, N.Y. will serve as Master of Ceremonies.