Newtown Battlefield State Park

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Newtown Battlefield
Newtown Battlefield State Park is located in New York
Newtown Battlefield State Park
Location451 Oneida Road, Elmira, New York
Coordinates42°2′43″N 76°44′0″W / 42.04528°N 76.73333°W / 42.04528; -76.73333Coordinates: 42°2′43″N 76°44′0″W / 42.04528°N 76.73333°W / 42.04528; -76.73333
NRHP reference #72000826
Significant dates
Added to NRHP28 November 1972[1]
Designated NHL28 November 28, 1972[2]

Newtown Battlefield State Park, formerly known as Newtown Battlefield Reservation, was the site of the Battle of Newtown fought in August 1779, during the American Revolutionary War. It was the only major battle of the Sullivan Expedition, an armed offensive led by General John Sullivan that was ordered by the Continental Congress to end the threat of the Iroquois who had sided with the British in the American Revolutionary War. In the battle, the Iroquois were defeated decisively. The site is today managed as a 372-acre (1.51 km2) state park.[3]

View from the hill below the Newtown Battlefield Monument

Because the present day battlefield is quite heavily wooded and obscured to the casual passerby on the highway below, a narrow column of white granite known as the Newton Battlefield Monument sits atop the hill where this historic battle once took place in Elmira, in Chemung County. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][4]

On January 19, 2010, New York State Governor David Paterson proposed closing the park to reduce the state's growing budget deficit.[5] However, the park was allowed to remain open after budget adjustments were made throughout the state's park system.[6]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Newtown Battlefield". National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-09-11.
  3. ^ "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. pp. 671–674. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Snell, Charles W. (19 May 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Newtown Battlefield Reservation". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-09-24. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) "Accompanying 3 photos, from 1971" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  5. ^ Shorenstein, Marissa (19 February 2010). "Statements from Governor David A. Paterson and Commissioner Carol Ash on Parks Budget Cuts" (Press release). NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  6. ^ "Acting Commissioner Beers' Testimony Before Assembly Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development; Assembly Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. December 13, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2015.

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