Saturday, June 6, 2009
Revolutionary War Fishkill Supply Depot Site News
Senator Schumer Presents Ideas for Saving Fishkill Supply Depot
They were the first American Patriots. They stood in battle against the greatest military power the world had ever seen. They suffered unimaginable hardships, including near starvation, epidemics of incurable diseases, infestations of lice, and even lack of clothes and firewood in the face of frigid New York winters. By the hundreds they died in the cause of freedom and liberty. More than 230 years later, they lay in unmarked graves, forgotten by most.
The Fishkill Depot graveyard was rediscovered by archaeologists in 2007 and 2008, along with associated building ruins and archaeological deposits. Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer has proposed changes to Federal battlefield legislation that would make it possible to finally preserve, protect, and memorialize this final resting place of hundreds of Continental Army soldiers.
Senator Chuck Schumer presents a plan to extend historic protection to the Fishkill Supply Depot National Register District, other Revolutionary War Sites, and sites from the War of 1812. Schumer is flanked by Town of Fishkill Supervisor Joan Pagonis on the right and Mara Farrel of Fishkill Historical Focus on the left.
New York State historic preservation leader J. Winthrop “Wint” Aldrich addressed an appreciative audience at the Schumer press conference at the Van Wyck Homestead on Route 9 in Fishkill.
Town of Fishkill Supervisor Joan Pagonis spoke about the rich Revolutionary War history of Fishkill and the Hudson Valley. Senator Schumer is to her left, while members of the 2nd NY, and Fishkill Depot property owner Dominic Broccoli are on the right.
Links to a few additional Fishkill Supply Depot preservation articles: