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Our 4th annual Wreaths Across America (WAA) event will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014. New this year, Mike Zaicek (FOFSD active volunteer) has developed our very own WAA webpage. Now ordering your wreath is easier than ever! Visit our page at: Wreaths Across America at the Fishkill Supply Depot and pay tribute to the soldiers of the FSD. Huzzah!

In The News

1) With the strong support of Boy Scout Troop 65 (Fishkill, NY), Dutchess County Legislator Alison MacAvery (representing District 16, Fishkill and Beacon), and multiple volunteers, the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot held its second Adopt-a-Highway clean-up of U.S. 9 on Saturday, July 12. Covering a 1.4 mile stretch of the historic Albany Post Road, volunteers filled multiple bags of trash with items ranging from bottles and cans to tire treads to mulitple broken car parts. The clean-up concluded with a hot dog cookout sponsored by Troop 65. Special thanks to all the volunteers for making our clean-up effort a big success. Huzzah!

2) Our group will host an educational program on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Hyatt House Fishkill starting at 2pm. This year's theme is "Traitors & Spies: An American Revolutionary War Experience." Guest speakers include; Stephen Cass who will discuss his book, "Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, The Woman Behind the Betrayl of Benedict Arnold," Damien Cregeau will present Major Benjamin Tallmadge and the Culper Ring and Rachel Smith on the Mission and Legacy of Nathan Hale." Other speakers include Col. Jim Johnson of the 5th NY Regiment and FOFSD President Lance Ashworth. The cost is free to "Circle of Patriots" members and 5 dollars to the general public.

3) The inaugural issue of the "Supply Depot Intelligencer" (the Official Newsletter of the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot) is here! Download our very first newletter and stay current on our latest news & upcoming events.


85th Soldier Identified

May 25, 2014 -Our research team, lead by Secretary Judy Wolf has identified Captain Zachariah Beal as another soldier who died at Fishkill raising our grand total to 85 patriots. Captain Beal of the 3rd New Hampshire regiment was killed during a mutiny attempt on 7 Nov 1777. Read the full story Mutiny at Fishkill here. Captain Beal left behind a wife and two children. May he rest in peace.

In the news: Private John Thomas of the 6th Maryland regiment has been verified and added to our primary list of soldiers who "died at Fishkill." Also, new information has come to light on Private Jesse Dillion, he may have survived. In lieu of this, Pvt. Dillion has been removed from our primary list and added to "other notables." Records kept during the Revolutionary War sometimes have conflicting reports. The FOFSD is committed to the integrity of our tribute page and when questions arise we go back to the starting point to ensure our information is correct. Stay tuned as we unravel the mysteries of the heroes of the Revolutionary War and the Fishkill Supply Depot.


America Spirit Magazine

the fight to save Fishkill

Kudos to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for featuring the Fishkill Supply Depot in their May/June issue of American Spirit.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot want to express our deepest thanks for bringing attention to our struggle and in honoring the men of the supply depot who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives at Fishkill. Published by Hammock Inc., American Spirit is the award-winning magazine of NSDAR available at newsstands today but we highly recommend you subscribe. The cost is only 18 dollars per year! To purchase American Spirit by mail, contact magazinesubscriptions@dar.org. For questions or to place your order by phone, call 1-866-327-6242 and tell them you're a friend of the Fishkill Supply Depot!

Special thanks go out to Jamie Roberts. Your guidance made this wonderful article a reality. Huzzah!


In the News

Washington's tomb

The newly-formed Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) has friends in Fishkill. FOFSD Vice President Bill Marsch (left) and WCPA President Joe Carney (right) recently presented a wreath at Washington's tomb in Mount Vernon, VA. Together they hope to bring attention to repairs needed at Washington Crossing Park, the site of the famous Christmas Eve crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.

The list of repairs is expansive. WCPA hopes to enlarge the visitorsí center, which currently doubles as a museum; restore several pavilions built there by the relief program Works Progress Administration in the 1930s; repair historic houses on the property, including the John Phillips house, which is one of the oldest structures in New Jersey; and rebuild a number of footbridges found throughout the park, including two that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The WCPA is also on Facebook. Supporters of the FOFSD are encouraged to stop by their page and "like" it. Follow the link WCPA on FB to show your support. Huzzah!

 


2014 Memorial Day Observance Ceremony

Memorial Day Observance Ceremony 2014

May 26, 2914 - Our Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at the Fishkill Supply Depot was attended by an estimated 50 people. NY State Senator Terry Gipson (District 41), Dutchess County Legislator Alison MacAvery (District 16), Fishkill Town Supervisor Robert LaColla, Dutchess County Historian Will Tatum, Children of the American Revolution (CAR) local chapter president Claire Houston, FHS President Steve Lynch, and FOFSD members Bill Sandy, Judy Wolf, and Lance Ashworth all made remarks at the Soldiers' Cemetery. Afterwards, attendees were treated to cookies and other baked goods made in the Colonial Bake oven. The 5th NY Regiment concluded the ceremony with a "foie de jeu" (consecutively along the rank, in quick succession). Thanks everyone for making this another successful FOFSD event. Huzzah!


Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

On December 14, 2013, at the 3rd annual WAA event in Fishkill, 137 wreaths were laid on the graves of the soldiers in the burial ground. Special thanks to the 5th NY, Beacon GS Troop 10403, Bob Lacolla, Alison MacAvery, Will Tatum, the Burr/Wolf/Fehr family, FHS and everyone who helped lay the wreaths.

 

Revolutionary War Weekend

Cannon fire demo

"The scent of fresh bread and apple pie filled the Hudson Valley at the 4th annual Revolutionary War Weekend as the NEW Colonial Clay Oven was dedicated with ceremony on September 16, 2013 at the Van Wykc Homestead." Full story. View all past events on our Events page.


The Timepiece

the Timepiece

Enjoy this special poem written about the soldiers' burial ground and the legacy of the historic Fishkill Supply Depot.

It was early in the morning
dew wet upon the ground,
when I saw the young boy soldier
standing near an earthen mound . . .

 

AHA Society visits Fishkill

AHA society

 

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