The Friends of Hathorn Living History Group invite the public to join them on Mon., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Baird’s Tavern, located at 105 Main St. in Warwick, to call to remembrance the march of 5,000 prisoners of war through the Town of Warwick.
Many people drive by the historical marker for Burgoyne’s Army on Rte. 94 just above the Village of Warwick without realizing what it means. After the Battle of Saratoga, Burgoyne’s entire captured army was forced to march south during winter. The troops, which included British and Hessian soldiers, passed through Warwick 240 years ago. Journal entries show us that many camped here in the bitter cold on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 1778.
There was great suffering for the POWs from both sides in the Revolutionary War, who frequently had little or no shelter and few provisions. A brief commemoration will be held to commemorate the Convention Army’s long march, and in remembrance of all prisoners of war of America’s conflicts, past and present.
Attendees are invited to stay and enjoy the Tavern and talk with the group’s period dressed re-enactors. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hathornhouse.wordpress.com.