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Take a Hike and Learn about the Battle of Minisink

The Battle of Minisink was the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware and was one of the bloodiest battles in the war, considering the number of men involved.
How did the accidental firing of a rifle lead to one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War?  National Park Service Ranger Tim Oset will explain the Battle of Minisink in an easy guided walk at Sullivan County's Minisink Battlefield Park on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:30am.

The Battle of Minisink was the only Revolutionary War battle to be fought in the Upper Delaware and was one of the bloodiest battles in the war, considering the number of men involved. What was supposed to be a sneak attack by a militia led by Col. John Hathorn and Lt. Col Benjamin Tusten on Joseph Brant’s party of Tories and Iroquois, who were responsible for a raid that killed at least four settlers and destroyed numerous buildings, ended up going terribly wrong. A rifle accidently discharged, alerting the enemy and triggering the battle, with tragic consequences.

The Minisink Battleground trail is an easy loop. During the hike Ranger Oset will discuss the Battle of Minisink and explain the significance of the prominent locations along the trail such as Sentinel Rock, Hospital Rock and Indian Rock. Please wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, water, sunglasses, bug spray, and a camera are recommended.

By participating in this program you will have completed one of six hiking trails found within the Upper Delaware.  As you continue to hike the other five trails you will be on your way to earn Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River’s “Take a Hike!” patch.
Minisink Battleground Park is located on Sullivan County Route 168 about one mile northeast
of NYS Route 97 at, Minisink Ford.  The turn for Route 168 is just south of the east end of the Roebling Aqueduct, across the Delaware River from Lackawaxen, PA.
For more information about the Battle of Minisink program or how to obtain the “Take a Hike” brochure please call 570-685-4871.

(Information from Chris Hollenbeck o National Park Service

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