WARREN — On Tuesday, July 9, The Warren Historical Society will hold their annual Bar BQ and program at the Dr. Campbell house and museum at 225 Main Street in Warren village.
The dinner will be at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.
Living History With Hank Lunn presents Abiel Briggs: American Patriot
It was early fall in 1775 and General George Washington had taken command of the rag-tag, bobtailed Colonial militia camped around Boston, and was endeavoring to turn the “rabble” into an army.
On September 2, 1775, General Washington and Col. Benedict Arnold made the decision to wrest Quebec and the St. Lawrence River from the British. A call for volunteers was made by General Washington and Colonel Arnold. They selected 747 New Englanders. Washington assigned an additional three hundred Pennsylvania and Virginian riflemen under Captain Daniel Morgan. The force was ready to make the trek to liberate Quebec.
The Briggs family lived on a small farm in the Tory strong hold of Freetown, Massachusetts. When the American Revolution War broke out, the Briggs Loyalist family refused to take up arms against the King and decided to immigrate to the Maritime Provinces.
There was one exception. A young man, Abiel Briggs, declared that he loved liberty rather than allegiance to a king. When asked why, he replied, “I have freedom, but I do not have liberty.”
Abiel walked forty miles from Freetown to Cambridge and joined the volunteer militia for the Arnold Expedition to Quebec. He served as a volunteer throughout the expedition and for the rest of the Revolutionary War.
In period clothing, with musket and tomahawk, Abiel will discuss the hardships of the trek and what life was like for American patriots during the early years of the American Revolution, and the most amazing military expedition of all times: Colonel Benedict Arnold’s birch-bark canoe and “bateaux” invasion of Canada from the mouth of the Kennebec River, to Fort Western (Augusta), Fort Halifax (Winslow), and on to Quebec City.
It was the first amphibious military assault in the nation’s history, according to Warren Historical Society, in a news release.