Category Archives: Revolutionary War

The Tory William Caldwell

The name William Caldwell first caught my attention while researching the August 12, 1781, raid in Wawarsing. His name was mentioned again in Governor George Clinton’s public papers. It was also in connection to the August raid which, it was believed, was lead by Caldwell who was then a Captain.  During this raid he led other Tories [...]

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The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part II

Monday morning, August 13, reinforcements finally arrived from Marbletown and Rochester. Cantine’s exhausted soldiers were bolstered by some 200 hundred fresh troops and still more came from New Paltz. According to Ralph Lefevre, their force numbered some 400 soliders. A forced march came within striking distance of the fleeing raiders, but they eluded the soldiers. Governor Clinton [...]

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The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part I

I like a good story and one of my favorites is the ghost story involving Sam Kettle. The first time I heard this story was while on stand-by in the Kerhonkson fire house where I was a firefighter for many years. Many people living in Ulster County do not realize that during the American War for Independence [...]

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History for Sale, Part II

During this time of his expanding family, Abraham Hasbrouck was becoming active in the political affairs of Kingston as well as Ulster County. Hasbrouck ran unsuccessfully for the General Assembly in 1737. However, a year after his marriage, he was elected to the General Assembly. A post he would hold from 1739-1752 and again from [...]

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Did George Washington Eat Beaver Tail in Newburgh?

It has been over two centuries since George Washington rode into Newburgh, New York to take up his headquarters in the Hasbrouck house. “Situated at the southern end of King’s Street,” he used the Hasbrouck house as his military headquarters from 1782-1783. While headquartered in Newburgh, Washington used the room of seven doors and one [...]

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History for Sale, Part I

It is not every day that a house so connected to Hudson Valley history goes up for sale. This is just the case with the Abraham Hasbrouck house located on Greene Street in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York. Abraham Hasbrouck’s house was not only burned by the British in 1777, he is also [...]

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A Mystery Solved: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part III

Judge Robert Yates penned a letter dated January 13, 1781, to Governor George Clinton. It included the sworn examinations of John Stillwell, and John Simpson. He alerted the Governor that Cornelius Hasbrouck had been tried and convicted in the theft of Continental Army Cattle. Governor Clinton no doubt was also made aware of the examinations [...]

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A Mystery Revisited: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part II

John Stillwell, a local inn keeper, was also employed as a butcher for the Continental Army, when he was approached by Cornelius Hasbrouck. Hasbrouck complained to Stillwell that an ox kept escaping from his pasture He asked Stillwell, if he saw it roaming, to just kill it. If he did to kill it he could [...]

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A Mystery Revisited: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part I

Intrigue surrounds the oldest surviving son of Colonel Jonathan Hasbrouck of Newburgh. He has been labeled by local historians from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a Tory. The Hasbrouck Family histories are silent or repeat that he fled to Canada as a Tory in 1776. Even his Uncle Abraham Hasbrouck(1707-1791) who kept a diary [...]

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Genealogist Jane Wilcox Lecture

NEW PALTZ, NY (February 15, 2015) – History is imperative to the mission statement of Historic Huguenot Street, but the stories of individual people are often the hardest to uncover. This is especially true of women, as their narratives were eschewed or cast aside over the trying course of time. This Women’s History Month, join [...]

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    AJ Schenkman

    A.J. Schenkman is the author of numerous books and articles. He is Consulting Historian for Historic Huguenot Street and Town of Gardiner Historian. Read Full

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    Elizabeth Werlau is an English teacher in the Hudson Valley and is the historian for the Town of Plattekill in Ulster County. She has authored and contributed to several books on regional history, including her most recent publication, Murder and ... Read Full

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    A former Features writer/Columnist for the Times Herald-Record and Director of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, Debra Conway is currently the Executive Director of The Delaware Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ... Read Full

    Matthew Colon

    Matthew Colon enjoyed nearly a decade in public history working and volunteering for organizations including Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Read Full

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    Shannon Butler is a Park Ranger of Interpretation and Education at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park New York. She has also interpreted the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston New York. Read Full
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