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The Real Story of Benedict Arnold and The Life and Times of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker to be presented by two local Historical Societies


The Real Story: The Capture of Major John André and Discovery of Benedict Arnold’s Treason presented by the Croton Friends of History

On September 23, 1780, in Tarrytown, NY there was an event that altered the outcome of history, the future United States, and the Revolutionary War. On this date near the Sleepy Hollow-Tarrytown border, three local American militiamen–John Paulding, David Williams and Isaac Van Wart captured one of the most famous men of the American Revolution in that of Major John André. The capture of Major John André and the discovery of the plans he was carrying were the plans for the British to capture West Point altered the American Revolution. Almost immediately, fabrications and fake news sprang up to challenge the facts of the event. 

Today, Thursday, March 14, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library, Char Weigel, VP for Special Projects for Revolutionary Westchester 250 will cover the astounding true story of the capture as well as examine many myths and inaccuracies that persist in popular imagination through today in “The Real Story: The Capture of Major John André and Discovery of Benedict Arnold’s Treason”. This free presentation is brought to the public by the Croton Friends of History

Image Credit: Croton Friends of History


The Life and Times of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker presented by the Daughters of Liberty’s Legacy and the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society

Born in 1832, Mary Edwards Walker was raised by a progressive family on a farm in Oswego, New York. She and her six siblings were raised to be free thinking, and their parents started the first free schoolhouse in the county to ensure their daughters would have the same education as their son. Mary attended Falley Seminary School and later Syracuse Medical College, where she graduated as a doctor of medicine in 1855. She worked in private practice in New York until the outbreak of the Civil War. (1)

In the first Battle of Bull Run, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker served on the front lines. In April 1864, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was captured as a spy by Confederate troops while assisting a Confederate doctor with an amputation. She was taken to Richmond, and imprisoned in Castle Thunder. For her service to America, Dr. Walker received the Medal of Honor and remains the only woman to ever receive that honor. 

To learn more about Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, join The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society at The Little Red Schoolhouse where “Dr. Lucy M. Abbott”, a Civil War doctor, friend and coworker of Dr. Walker will share her recollections of their times. Participants will be able to hear the story of Dr. Walker who was an abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war & surgeon who volunteered with the Union Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War. 

For information visit or call 914-736-7868. This program is FREE and OPEN to the public.  Refreshments will be served after the program.

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]