Ferry Sloops' Fall Lecture Series concludes with a presentation by Dr. Erik Weiselberg, Principal Historian of RW250 and Irvington Village Historian. This illustrated lecture examines how the Hudson River proved a determining factor in the tide of war and influenced the flow of history.
Join us on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30pm in the clubhouse at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
The Hudson River played an important role in the Revolutionary War, including the American victory at Saratoga in 1777, which prevented the British from controlling the river in their attempt to sever New England from the rest of the colonies.
Less well known but equally important in the achievement of American independence are the many intimate examples of the river’s influence on the course of the war.
Local militia companies along the shore repelled British ships, the Continental Army made several important crossings of the river, and the forging of the first links of the Franco-American alliance occurred along the shore at Tarrytown. Meanwhile, British spy John André left the safety of the river, and his capture on land by American militiamen exposed Arnold’s treason and became symbolic of the failure of the British to adapt to the human geography of the river.
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Come with a dish to share at 6:30PM and enjoy a potluck dinner or arrive a little before 7:30PM for the presentation. No reservations needed (seating will be first-come, first-served).