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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-56.  House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton.

(H.C.R.34)

Offered by:  Representatives Devereux of Mount Holly, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Donaghy of Poultney, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Komline of Dorset, Potter of Clarendon and Stevens of Shoreham

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, on July 7, 1777—local, also known as continental—military forces from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts confronted the elite British army of King George III at the Battle of Hubbardton, the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont, and

Whereas, the continental forces included Colonel Seth Warner's Green Mountain Boy Regiment of Vermont and members of the militia, Colonel Nathan Hale’s 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, and Colonel Ebenezer Francis’ Massachusetts Regiment, and

Whereas, these forces were dispatched to delay the British in order that the main American military contingents then situated at Castleton, Vermont might escape from the British, and

Whereas, the continental forces accomplished their mission by fighting a desperate battle at Hubbardton that allowed the main American army to escape, and

Whereas, the great Battle of Hubbardton resulted in many casualties on both sides, but it facilitated American victories near Bennington and Saratoga that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War and enabled the formation of alliances with Spain, Holland, and France that helped to assure our nation’s independence, and

Whereas, the Battle of Hubbardton was crucial for both the protection of the citizens of Vermont and New England and for the continued existence of the Northern Department of the Continental Army, and

Whereas, the general assembly’s interest in this historic battle began in 1875 when it appropriated funds for the construction of the cast iron fence around the 1859 Hubbardton battle monument, and subsequently it created a Hubbardton Battlefield Commission in 1937 to begin purchasing battlefield land, and more recently, in 1947, the general assembly established the board of historic sites to develop the battlefield as one of the first Vermont state historic sites, and

Whereas, of all the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields in the United States, the well-preserved Hubbardton Battlefield is the most evocative of the time in which the battle took place, and

Whereas, a 230th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Hubbardton will occur at the battle site in Hubbardton on July 7 and 8, 2007 under the auspices of the Vermont division for historic preservation, the Hubbardton Historical Society, and the Living History Association and with the assistance of many local organizations, and

Whereas, the 230th Battle of Hubbardton anniversary will honor the sacrifices of those who fought in this pivotal Revolutionary War battle and will promote the greater enjoyment and understanding of our American heritage, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hubbardton, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Hubbardton town clerk, to the Hubbardton Historical Society, and to the Vermont division for historic preservation.



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