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Highland in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle at Minisink

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

 
 
The Battle at Minisink Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
1. The Battle at Minisink Marker
Inscription. On July 20, 1779, a party of eighty seven Tories and Iroquois Native Americans under the command of Capt. Joseph Brant raided the frontier settlement of Minisink (present day Port Jervis). The raid destroyed homes, farms and mills and was designed to bring fear to the inhabitants. Later that day, regional militia units were called out.

Two days later, Brant and his forces met the pursuing force of New Jersey and New York militia – numbering three units with about one hundred twenty men – in a bloody fight on these hills. The militia, led by Capt. John Hathorn, had prepared for an ambush at the ford in the Delaware River when an accidental discharge of a militiamanís gun alerted Brant to their presence.

Brant then outflanked the militia on the hillside below where you are now standing, cutting off one of the three units and routing the other two. The patriots began a rushed retreat to the top of this hill which culminated in the final phase of the battle. Here the remaining forty militiamen were surrounded and many were killed.
 
Erected by New York State.
 
Location. 41° 29.222′ N, 74° 58.213′ W. Marker is in Highland, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from Minisink Battle
Marker in Minisink Battleground Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
2. Marker in Minisink Battleground Park
The Visitor Center can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
Ground Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Minisink Battleground Park, near the Visitor Interpretive Center. Marker is in this post office area: Barryville NY 12719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Minisink Battleground Park (here, next to this marker); Indian Rock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Minisink Battle Monument (about 600 feet away); In Memory of Our Fallen Heroes (about 600 feet away); Last Stand On The Rocky Hill (about 700 feet away); Hospital Rock (about 700 feet away); Minisink Battle July 22d 1779 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Minisink (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Highland.
 
More about this marker. Several pictures appear on the marker, including an American Militiaman taking leave of his family, and portraits of Col. John Hathorn (1749 – 1825) and Capt. Joseph Brant (1743 – 1807). Also on the marker is a map of the Minisink Valley, located in the states of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the markers along the Battleground Trail in Minisink Battleground Park.
 
Also see . . .
Markers in Minisink Battleground Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
3. Markers in Minisink Battleground Park
Two markers for the Battle at Minisink are found at this location.

1. The Battle at Minisink Ford. Minisink Valley Historical Society website. (Submitted on July 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Minisink. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on July 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
Minisink Battleground Park, Visitor Interpretive Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
4. Minisink Battleground Park, Visitor Interpretive Center
Minisink Battleground Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
5. Minisink Battleground Park
The marker is located in this park, the site of the final phase of the Battle of Minisink.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,018 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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