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New Finds about the Battle of Bennington
February 2, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMFree
On Saturday, February 2 during FREE Community Day at the Bennington Museum, join the Curator of the Bennington Museum Jamie Franklin at 2:00 pm when he presents “A Battle of Bennington Veteran’s Portrait Rediscovered – and Acquired.” Learn about the fortunate circumstances that led to Bennington Museum’s acquisition of a tintype and miniature portrait of Lt. Jonathan Holton, a soldier in the Battle of Bennington. A Lieutenant of the Nichols Regiment, Holton was wounded at Bennington on August 16, 1777. His wound is visible in the portrait which is on view Early Vermont Gallery along with the watercolor.
Franklin’s brief presentation serves as the introduction to “Sipp Ives – a Black Green Mountain Boy Killed at the Battle of Bennington” a talk given by Phil Holland and Lion G. Miles exploring the often overlooked stories of the black soldiers who fought in the American Revolution.
In 1837, 90-year-old Daniel Brown made a pension declaration on behalf of a fellow Revolutionary War captain’s widow in which he recalled “a black man on the ground that was mortally wounded” at the Battle of Bennington. Lion Miles has identified that man as Sipp Ives, from the settlement that later became Cheshire, Mass. Miles and Holland will speak about what we know – and don’t know – about Ives, who enlisted in Col. Seth Warner’s regiment, known as the Green Mountain Boys, in 1777, the year of the Battle. The arrival of the Green Mountain Boys on the battlefield turned the fight decisively against a corps of reinforcing German auxiliaries and sealed the American victory. The role of African Americans in the Revolutionary War and of other blacks at the Battle of Bennington will also be addressed. Read More >>