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NO. R-126.  House concurrent resolution commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington.


Offered by:  Representatives Devereux of Mount Holly, Morrissey of Bennington, Baker of West Rutland, Corcoran of Bennington, Jerman of Essex, Krawczyk of Bennington, Mook of Bennington and Pearson of Burlington

Whereas, in the summer of 1777, during the raging battle for American independence, one of the Continental Army’s critical supply depots was located in the town of Bennington, and

Whereas, on the morning of August 16, 1777, a British‑led force of 800, including 600 German Brunswick Dragoons serving as mercenaries under the leadership of Colonel Fredrick Baum, Scots marksmen, Canadians, Vermont loyalists, and Indians were assembled on the west bank of the Walloomsac River in New York State, fewer than 10 miles west of the strategic Bennington depot, and

Whereas, a contingent of another 600 German mercenaries was traveling east from the forces of British General John Burgoyne to join their fellow countrymen, and

Whereas, at 3 o’clock that afternoon, 1,600 American soldiers, including members of the Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts militia under the command of General John Stark, swept around the British forces and destroyed the enemy’s frontal defenses in the course of the two-hour first stage of what became a two-phase battle, and

Whereas, as the 5 o’clock hour passed, the German relief forces approached the battle scene, but fortunately, 140 members of Seth Warner’s Continental regiment also appeared and provided essential support as the Americans repeated their earlier strategy and decisively won this prolonged military assault several hours later past sunset, and therefore assured that the Bennington depot would not be subjected to British attack, and

Whereas, when the casualties were tallied, 207 soldiers from the combined British forces, including Colonel Baum and loyalist Colonel Pfister, and 30 brave Americans perished, while 40 independence fighters were wounded, and

Whereas, a century later, the Bennington Historical Society decided to commemorate this historic battle in the fight for American independence with the construction of a giant obelisk at the site of the famous Bennington storage depot, and

Whereas, the complexity and magnitude of this construction project delayed its commencement for a decade, and

Whereas, in 1891, the centennial year of Vermont statehood, the monument was dedicated at a ceremony at which President Benjamin Harrison and most of his cabinet attended, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

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

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Bennington Historical Society and to the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont