NY Growth Besieges Revolutionary Patriots’ Graves
(NEWSMAX) FISHKILL, N.Y. — A group of preservationists, history buffs and New York civic leaders are teaming up to try to save what could be the nation’s single largest-known burial site of Revolutionary War soldiers.
A 12-acre parcel in the Hudson Valley, about 60 miles from New York City, is all that’s left of the Fishkill Encampment and Suppy Depot. It was a bustling military post from 1776 until 1783 and the main supply source for Gen. George Washington’s northern army. A thousand or more Continental Army soldiers and militiamen died and were buried in the depot’s cemetery.
Town officials and preservationists are seeking government funding to buy the land and protect it from commercial development that is whittling away at the wooded parcel.
One idea is to turn the site into the first national Revolutionary War cemetery. Some have taken to calling the Fishkill site “New York’s Valley Forge.”