MILFORD >> The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will honor 46 Revolutionary War soldiers at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Soldiers Monument, Milford Cemetery, 35 Gulf St.

The program will include:

• Posting of the colors and a musket salue by the Connecticut Line Living History Unit and the 6th Connecticut Regiment.

• Invocation by Timothy R. Wilkins of Branch 1, SAR.

• Pledge of Allegiance led by Ethan A. Stewart, state SAR president.

• Reading of the 46 Patriot names by Damien M. Cregeau, SAR first vice president.

• Song and taps by former State Troubadour Tom Callinan.

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In December 1776 the British had their main prison camp and prisoner ships in New York. A prisoner ship set sail in mid-December with 225 prisoners of war, but in two weeks 25 had died and the ship had only gotten as far as Milford.

The British captain left the 200 prisoners, who had smallpox, on shore and went back to New York.

The prisoners were tended to by Dr. Elias Carrington, with the assistance of Capt. Stephen Stow, who had four of six sons fighting for independence.

After 30 days, Stow, along with 46 of the 200 men put ashore, died.

Of the 46, most were from Connecticut, others were from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. One, Antonio Gomez, is listed as being from Spain, a major ally.

In 1976, a stone was placed at the foot of the monument. It lists the 135 city residents who fought in the Revolutionary War, including six African-Americans. For more information, go to ConnecticutSAR.org.