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Haitiansoldier Inactive Member03 Mar 2017 8:13 p.m. PST

What are the top must see battlefields of the Rev War? This includes those you have visited and not visited. On my list:
Brandywine (Been there on a trip to Philly and enjoyed it a lot)
Monmouth (Been there, and liked it more than any other I have seen)
Guilford Courthouse (Been there many times, since I live in NC)
Yorktown (Been there, but the Victory Center was better than the NPS visitor center)
Trenton (Been there, although not much of a battlefield, but the barracks museum is a must see and the diorama of the battle amazed me)
The battles fought at these places, with the exception of Yorktown, are my favourite in the Rev War. Are any of your top see battlefields because the fight there is your favourite?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 9:33 p.m. PST

Supposedly the site of the Wyoming Massacrr is the Little League park behind St Cecilia's Church in Exeter Pa.
I don't think that the Church or the diner were there back then.

Personal logo A sea that raged no more Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 10:58 p.m. PST

La Vigie (1778), St Lucia, WI – and top-up my tan at the same time!

leobarron2000 Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 11:02 p.m. PST

Saratoga is pretty amazing. Also visit nearby Bennington, which is small but naturally beautiful.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

The Lake George region in New York was the home to many battles in both the AWI and F&I War.
Ticonderoga and William Henry are open to the public.
Not too far from Saratoga or Bennngton, either.

Personal logo Buckeye AKA Darryl Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 3:40 a.m. PST

Cowpens
Guilford CH
King's Mountain
Fort Sackville (Vincennes)
Fort Laurens

Those offer good experiences…Guilford perhaps a little less so due to the encroachment of housing developments in the area. Cowpens is excellent as one can see the entire battlefield from one spot, and King's is great for walking and the scenic area. Vincennes has an excellent memorial to George Rogers Clark. Fort Laurens has a decent little museum, a terrible bookshop, and the site of the museum rests on the fort itself. Makes a nice break while driving along the interstate south of Cleveland.

14Bore04 Mar 2017 3:56 a.m. PST

And the biggest non battlefield but important Valley Forge.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 4:23 a.m. PST

the ones I've been to and would go back to.
Guilford Courthouse
Saratoga
Stony Point
Fort Ticonderoga
Princeton

the ones I'ld like to get to
Hubberton
Cowpens
Trenton
Monmouth
Brandywine

grtbrt04 Mar 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

Stony Point
Fort Montgomery
Saratoga
Ticonderoga
Mount Independence
Hubbardton
WestPoint and Constitution Island (I know -not an actual battlefield)
Monmouth
Princeton
Charleston

skinkmasterreturns04 Mar 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

I visited Fort Ti when I was a youngin. I'll always remember the little ditty they had for the artillery demo:"If you hear no sound(refering to a metal target placed down range) and you see no mound,You know the shot is Vermont bound."

rmaker04 Mar 2017 9:01 p.m. PST

Saratoga
Bennington
Oriskany

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 10:49 p.m. PST

Hopefully going to Saratoga this summer.

Supercilius Maximus04 Mar 2017 11:24 p.m. PST

Almost 20 years since I was there, but Saratoga, Hubbardton, Crown Point/Fort Ticonderoga, Bennington, Oriskany and Fort Stanwix provided a wonderful holiday-cum-research trip for my wife and I, before the arrival of children curtailed such things. All very well preserved at that time, and hopefully even better to visit now?

Monmouth was under the curatorship of (now Dr) Garry Stone when I went there in 2004 with Todd Post, then press officer for the BAR (and who, very sportingly, took the brunt of the mosquito offensive we endured).

42flanker05 Mar 2017 5:08 a.m. PST

Paid a visit to NYC recently. The battlefield of Brooklyn was difficult to read but the site of 'Harlem Heights' surprisingly atmospheric, with the essential topgraphy still evident despite the C19th building. After a week trapped in Midtown, a bright, breezy autumn day on Morningdale Heights was a refreshing outing, with fine views across the river from Grant's Tomb (which I am ashamed to say was an unexpected surprise) to the Palisades. Sadly, the view from the roof of St John''s Cathedral is fairly restricted is looking the wrong way.

I didn't make it to the site of Fort Washington and plans to get out to Freehold NJ and into Pennsylvania did not mature and the upstate sites just too far away. I did manage an afternoon train ride up the Hudson Valley to just past West Point. As far as I could work out, the train line dips inland just opposite Stony Point. At any rate I could identify it from the opposite side of the river.

My accomodation was just up from Kips Bay on Beekman Hill, the site of Sir William Howe's Headquarters in 1776

Sylvain chicago05 Mar 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

I visited Cowpens and Kings mountains 20 years ago
Interesting that our nation future was decided in such tiny pieces of land
That is what made me interested in the American Revolutionary War

grtbrt05 Mar 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

Unfortunately a good deal of the site of the battles of Pelham is now under a football field ,and parking lot .
But they do have a small half hidden marker , I noticed it last year when my son played there .

jowady05 Mar 2017 6:24 p.m. PST

There is a marker on a building in Midtown Manhattan on 42nd ST. to one of the rear guard actions from the Continental Army, it's pretty difficult to close your eyes and imagine it happening there. Yorktown is great although evidently some of the "fortifications" there are actually from the Civil War. One of my favorites, and generally unlisted, is Ft Griswold CT. I also enjoyed the "Battleroad" NPS presentation of the fighting between Concord and Lexington.

Supercilius Maximus05 Mar 2017 11:14 p.m. PST

Yorktown is great although evidently some of the "fortifications" there are actually from the Civil War.

The "hornwork" (through which one of the roads into Yorktown passes), which was held by the British Light Infantry, and some of the south-facing defences are the "enlarged" Confederate versions.

Rawdon06 Mar 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

I'm a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned Ninety Six. A top site, no encroachment from modern times, very worth visiting.

grtbrt08 Mar 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

Ft.Griswold is very nice indeed . My boys and I went there 2 weeks ago during spring break .
It's an interesting site and fort . With later period additions .
if you go there look carefully for the turning to the fort -you likely will drive past it (I did -but found the Colonel Ledyard cemetery where he is buried along with other dead from the battle )

Brechtel19810 Mar 2017 3:52 a.m. PST

I've been to the following:

Yorktown
Guilford Courthouse
Cowpens
Camden
Monmouth
Stony Point
Brandywine
Saratoga
Bennington
Fort Stanwix
Charleston
Bunker Hill
Ticonderoga
Quebec
Lexington and Concord
Brooklyn

As well as Valley Forge and West Point.

And we went aboard the rebuilt French frigate Hermione at Yorktown a couple of years ago-well worth the effort.

grtbrt10 Mar 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

I went to the NYC cocktail evening aboard the Hermione -very pleasant and the ship was cool (even if most of the cannon were nonfunctioning resin/fiberglass/stuff)
Put on to benefit the Morris-Jumel house . another AWI sit in NY .

Brechtel19811 Mar 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

She's a pretty ship. She was commanded by Latouche-Treville who was Napoleon's best admiral who unfortunately died in 1804 or 1805.

He had defeated Nelson when he attempted to attack the Boulogne Flotilla.

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