Ceremony honors Revolutionary War soldiers who died of smallpox

The Connecticut Sons of the Revolution will hold a public grave marking ceremony for 46 patriot soldiers of the Revolutionary War that fought and were captured at the Battle of Long Island in 1776.

They were released from a British ship on the shore of Long Island Sound sick with smallpox in December of 1776 in Milford, where they all died from the disease. Most of the prisoners were from Connecticut, others from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and one from as far away as Spain.

This ceremony will be held Aug. 13, at 10 a.m., at Milford Cemetery, 35 Gulf Street, at the Soldier's Monument.