Visiting Revolutionary War sites
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Except there's only one way in and out of that room. Anybody who you admire who has been in that room has been through that door. Consequently, you are standing where they stood (or within a couple of feet) as soon as you walk through the door as you usually do when the barrier is in place and the furniture is there.
Whoever started that recording gave a couple of tourists a classic case of goosebumps.
On the other hand, I did go to high school in Brooklyn Heights, and I think there was a plaque near the promenade there. But I'm not there often: I live in another part of Brooklyn, and the view from there has been, uh, modified since high school.
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Chair, Landmarks Commission, City of Trenton
Volunteer Living Historian
Board Member, Brigade of the American Revolution, Main Department
Adjutant, Infanterie Regiment von Knyphausen
Petty Sutler, Crown and Star
Guest Baker at Williamsburg for Under the Redcoat and Patriot's Weekend
The defenses were never put to the test because Burgoyne was stopped before he got there - so they survived two hundred years in a little corner that's just out-of-the-way enough to have missed all the surrounding development. I found it as moving as any actual battlefield - a mute monument that in its own way showed the dedication and desperation of those opposed to British rule.