Historic reenactment scheduled January 1

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Volunteer actors stand at the beach in a previous January 1 reenactment ceremony.

The Milford Preservation Trust will hold its 5th annual New Year’s Day Luminary Lighting event at 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 1, in honor of 200 sick Revolutionary War soldiers who were put ashore in Milford Harbor on the first day of January, 1777.

Candles will be lit at three locations beginning at Gulf Beach, then at Milford Cemetery, as well as at the John Downs “A Connecticut Minuteman’s” house on North Street in honor of his involvement in the battle.

Participants will include City Historian Richard Platt, who will share a vivid historical account of the evening that recounts a part of Milford’s history when prisoners of war were put ashore in Milford harbor because they were sick and dying.

Forty-six of the Revolutionary War soldiers, all imprisoned by the British following New York battles, as well as Capt. Stephen Stow, who cared for them, died of small pox. The monument in Milford Cemetery commemorates the soldiers who are believed to have been buried nearby in a mass grave.

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Regina Cahill, President of the Milford Preservation Trust, at 203-877-7620.

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