Is this really the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont?
Yes. The battle took place on July 7, 1777. It was a successful American rear guard action to protect the main Northern Department Army from the British as they withdrew from Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga. It was the first time British Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne’s troops met the resistance and bravery of the Americans in battle. Later, there was a skirmish at Mount Independence in September 1777, but it was not a battle. The Battle of Bennington was to protect the American supplies in Bennington; the Americans fought the enemy in an area just over the border in New York.
Is Col. Ebenezer Francis actually buried under the monument?
It is thought that Colonel Francis was killed somewhere on the slope of Pittsford Ridge Mountain toward the end of the battle. German Major Gen. Baron von Riedesel especially admired the youthful American officers and when Francis’ body was found after the battle he personally saw to it that this gallant officer received a Christian burial with full military honors from a detachment of the Brunswick troops. The burial site was not recorded and when the monument was restored in 1990 there was no evidence of a grave underneath. The incorporation papers of the Hubbardton Battle Monument Association (established in 1856) make no mention of this location as the site of Francis’ burial.