Bennington Battle Day
Stuck in Vermont #41
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August 16 is a state holiday in Vermont. It commemorates the Battle of Bennington which was fought in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War.
Although the battle did not take place INSIDE Vermont's borders, it was fought in defense of Bennington's food and military supplies.
The American victory during the Battle of Bennington not only ensured that their provisions would be safe but depleted the strength of the Loyalists.
Today, the Bennington Battle Monument, a 306 foot obelisk commemorates the battle.
On August 18th, history reenactors and members of the Living History Association from all over the country converged on the monument to celebrate the holiday.
The reenactors portray specific military figures, uphold the rigid ranking system and often carry weapons, as long as they are 16 years of age or older.
While the firing of military gear and female arts such as spinning and sewing are a large part of the activities, there is much more to it than that.
The reenactors have a deep love of history and hope to share their knowledge of events with the general public.
They are a tight knit group of individuals which often includes multi-generational extended families.
It is more than a hobby, reenacting is a way of life.
Nicely fitting music by The Reverend Nathan Brady Crain and Friends, Blow it All, "The Sawyers of the Truth."
NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the details of the Battle of Bennington, you can hear the Major General describe it indepthly here!