The British are Coming! The British are Coming!“ Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”... So starts the words from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Paul Revere galloped on horseback through the Bronx four times, not to alert the
patriots that the British were coming, but to deliver the mail as a post rider.
The British did attack New York City in 1776 at the Battle of Brooklyn and tried to end the American Revolution with the capture and surrender of General George Washington in the Bronx.
The East Bronx History Forum will uncover the events that allowed General Washington to escape from the trap set by the British in October 1776, and up to 1783 as it happened in the Bronx. These important events during the American Revolution took place in 1776 right out in front of the Huntington Free Library, at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx NY and Wednesday, January 21st 2015 at our ninety-seventh meeting at The Huntington Free Library.
The Town of Pelham Historian, Blake Bell will lead a lecture and presentation titled “The Bronx in the American Revolution 1776-1783 “, with a focus on Westchester Square, Pelham Bay and City Island.
Mr. Blake A. Bell is Senior Counsel with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City and serves as Town Historian for the Town of Pelham, NY and as Village Historian of the Village of Pelham. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Westchester County Historical Society. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of the National Shrine of the Bill of Rights at St. Paul's Church National Historic Site.
Mr. Bell is the author of the books "Thomas Pell and the Legend of the Pell Treaty Oak" and the "Town of Pelham's 350th Anniversary Celebration. Mr. Bell has authored more than seventy articles on the history of The Pelhams.
Ring in the New Year @ 7:30 pm on Wednesday January 21st 2015 at the Huntington Free Library, 9 Westchester Square, The Bronx NY.
The Library is next to the Apple Bank and parking is free after 7 pm. All meetings are free and open to the public.