On Saturday August 20th, 2022 there was a ceremony at the site of the Battle of Blue Licks in northern Kentucky.
There were representatives from the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, including Jack Bredenfoerder, Gordon Stokely and Bruce Bennett.
The Kentucky Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was the host of the event led by Scott Guiltner – President of the KYSSAR.
There were also descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge (DVF – Decendants of Valley Forge) represented by Cheryl Lewicki – DVF Commander and Chief and Doug Collins, Quartermaster who was one of the keynote speakers. They placed a wreath at the memorial site.
History of the event – The Battle of Blue Licks, fought on August 19, 1782, was one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War. The battle occurred ten months after Lord Cornwallis‘s surrender at Yorktown, which had effectively ended the war in the east. On a hill next to the Licking River in what is now Robertson County, Kentucky (then Fayette County, Virginia), a force of about 50 Loyalists along with 300 indigenous warriors ambushed and routed 182 Kentucky militiamen. It was the last victory for the Loyalists and natives during the frontier war. British, Loyalist and Native forces would engage in fighting with American forces once more the following month in Wheeling, West Virginia, during the Siege of Fort Henry.
For those living in Cincinnati, this battlefield site is a relatively short distance away if you would like to visit a notable battlefield location.
Thanks to all who hosted and participated in this event.