Battle of Pines Bridge Revisited – Two Monuments

I’ve posted about these two monuments before (see: The other battle of Yorktown – memorials). That post also gives more background to the battle (really more of a skirmish than a battle as the numbers involved were not large). The earlier post was taken in Winter with snow on the ground. So in the name of completeness and to show the different season I’ll post again.

It’s also worth noting that the first monument (above) was erected in 1900 and commemorates three officers (presumably white) who were killed in the battle. A number of black soldiers also died, but it seems that they didn’t get a monument until the second monument (below) was dedicated in 1982. Native Americans also died in the battle, but it seems that they didn’t get a monument at all – until a third monument (in a different location) was dedicated in 2018 – but more on that in a future post.

Taken with a Sony RX100M3.

Battle of Pines Bridge Revisited – Overview

A while back I went with my friend Ken for lunch and to check out some local Revolutionary War history. The time we went to take a look at a couple of sites related to the Battle of Pines Bridge.

Our first stop was at cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown where there are two monuments, and where some of those who died in the battle are buried. Above and below a couple of views of the cemetery and it’s spectacular flowering trees.

After that we had a very pleasant lunch at Barnwood Grill in Granite Springs.

I’d seen all of the others places on our itinerary before, but I was keen to seen the one thing I hadn’t yet seen: the new Pines Bridge Battle Memorial.

Our final stop took us to the site of the battle itself.

Taken with a Sony RX100M3.

Sparta Cemetery – The Leatherman

The sign reads: “The Leatherman”. For no known reason from 1883 to 1889 he trod a 365 mike loop every 34 days between NY and CT clad in 60lbs of leather”.

For more information on The Leatherman see The Legend of The Leatherman.

For an update see: Still Not Talking.

His grave, located near a busy road, drew many visitors and created safety concerns. A decision was made to exhume the Leatherman and relocate his remains to the top of a hill, and away from the road. Collecting a DNA sample from his remains was hoped to provide clues to his genetic background. Was he Native American?

A professional team of archaeologists just completed a three-day dig at his gravesite and found nothing more than coffin nails and dirt. There would be no DNA sample, and the mystery of the Leatherman will remain a mystery forever.

He refused to share his secrets in life, so it’s only fitting that his grave refused to unlock the mystery. The Leatherman still isn’t talking.

These “offerings” were placed on top of the stone marking The Leatherman’s grave. Interesting that nobody has taken the coins. Perhaps they fear the ghost of The Leatherman.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.