June 28, 2012 —
MINISINK, NY — There will be an opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary history of our own backyard the weekend after Independence Day at the Minisink Battleground Park. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, you can take a guided walk through the park with Ranger Tim Oset, who will inform participants about the Battle of Minisink, the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware.
Considering the number of men involved, it was one of the bloodiest battles in the war. What was supposed to be a sneak attack by a militia led by Col. John Hathorn and Lt. Col Benjamin Tusten on Joseph Brant’s party of Tories and Iroquois, who were responsible for a raid that killed at least four settlers and destroyed numerous buildings, ended up going terribly wrong when a rifle accidently discharged, triggering the battle.
The Minisink Battleground trail is an easy loop. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots; water, sunglasses, bug spray and a camera are recommended.
By participating in this program you will have completed one of six hiking trails found within the Upper Delaware. As you continue to hike the other five trails, you will be on your way to earn Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River’s “Take a Hike!” patch.