Fort Freeland Battle Marker Unveiled
FORT FREELAND BATTLE MARKER UNVEILED SAT. Sunibury, Pa., July 27 —(/P)— A battle of tho Revolutionary War fought in Northumberland county was Commemorated here Saturday with the unveiling of a boulder and marker at Fort Freeland. Earlier in the day n tablet and marker marker were dedicated at Fort Augusta Frederick A. Gedchnrles ot Milton, Milton, state librarian, spoke at the unveiling at Fort Free-land while Major General Charles M. Clement of Sunbury spoke at the Fort Augusta ceremony. The state librarian said, that the battle of Fort Freeland was far from being a mere Indian raid and that it was a ferocious battle participated participated in by 300 British soldiers under Captain John MacDonald, a Tory of New York state and 300 Senega Indians under Chief Hiaka- too- The Fort was under command of Captain John Little, whose: forcee suffered 103 killed or taketi prisoners. Among those killed was Captain Hawkins Boone, cousin of Daniel Boone, who led 32 men to the aid of the defenders cf Fort Freeland from Port Boone, four miles south of Freeland nnd a mile above the present site of Milton- The battle at Fort Freeland, fought July 28, one hundred and fifty years ago, was the result of the effort of the British and their Indian allies lo capture tho stores and magazine's nt Fort Augusta and cut off the rHar of General Sullivan's army. Sullivan's Sullivan's troop'u under orders from Gener" al Washington to wipe out every Indian town from Wyoming to 131- mira, N. Y-, were being provisions..! from Fort Augusta. Members of the State Historical Commission attended the ceremonies ceremonies at both Fort Freeland and Fort Augueta and conducted the'r monthly meeting at a luncheon at the Milton Manufacturers Club.