The Lighting of the Lanterns 2014


January 8, 2014 by milfordpreservationtrust

On New Year’s Day, 2014, the Milford Preservation Trust commemorated one of the most important events in Milford’s history by lighting 47 lanterns at the base of the Captain Stephen Stow monument in Milford’s ancient cemetery. The monument is a memorial to 200 Revolutionary War soldiers who were taken prisoner during the Battles of New York in 1776, became ill with smallpox, and were dumped from a British ship onto Ft. Trumbull Beach on New Year’s Eve, 1776-1777. beach area, Forty-six of them later died and were buried in a mass grave, probably in the cemetery. One Milford resident who volunteered to care for the sick, also contracted the disease and died. He was Captain Stephen Stow, and this hero of Milford’s colonial history was buried with the soldiers.  Some soldiers returned home.  Some died on the way and were buried where they died.  Lanterns were also placed at the John Downs House and the Sanford-Bristol House to celebrate other survivors of the 18th century.

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  1. […] Many of us also honor this day by flying an American flag from our homes. This morning saw an old Betsy Ross flag displayed from the porch of the Sanford-Bristol House (c. 1789) of Milford, Connecticut. Why is this significant? Well, partly because the thirteen star flag was still the flag of this nation in 1789. But perhaps even more so because it reminds of us that those who had died fighting the Revolutionary War are also honored on this day, as well. Milford has very few surviving structures dating back to those earliest years of the new nation, and on this day, those that still stand serve as living, tangible reminders of a time when a great many sacrificed their own lives to initially secure the rights and liberties we all enj…. […]

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