General John Stark's Expedition to BenningtonJanuary 09. 2014 4:30PM
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.