“We, sir, are fighting the battle of America — as to surrendering the fort, receive this laconic reply — come and take it.”
This was the famous response that American Col. John McIntosh sent to British Lt. Col. Lewis V. Fuser in reply to his demand for the surrender of Fort Morris on Nov. 25, 1778, during the American Revolution.
The free annual “Come and Take It” an opportunity to step back in time and witness American history. It will begin at 10 am. Saturday, Nov. 21, with a wreath-laying ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution to commemorate those who served.
Soldier talks, musket drills, cannon demonstrations, Colonial music with Jamie Keena, an 18th-century medical presentation and a visit by George and Martha Washington will follow from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A dramatic portrayal of the correspondence between the Patriot and British officers will be presented at 2 p.m. The Washingtons will be available throughout the day for meet and greet.
For more information, call 912-884-5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Come and Take It” is sponsored by the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city of Flemington and Friends of Fort Morris.