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General John Stark's Expedition to Bennington

General John Stark at the Battle of Bennington August 1777 Route 12
Charlestown, NH

Marker Number: 117
Name and date established: Charlestown 1977

Description: To impede a British invasion from Canada into eastern New York, the New Hampshire legislature, on July 19, 1777, commissioned John Stark of Derryfield to recruit and lead a force of 1500 New Hampshire militiamen. At Charlestown's Fort No.4, forces were assembled with food, medical supplies and military stores. On August 3, they marched west and, in the famed Battle of Bennington on August 16, they defeated the combined British-German forces, thereby achieving a major turning point of the war.

Location: Located on the west side of Route 12, about 75 feet north of the marker titled "Fort at No.4." This marker stands within the boundaries of the Charlestown Main Street Historic District which was listed on the National Register.