Second on our list was the Putnman Memorial State Park - where General Putnam during the Revolutionary War held winter quarters for his men. I don't mean to inflate the bar with this comment, but the park was probably one of the coolest things we've been to since we moved here. SO AMAZING!!
There were over 116 cabins at the time of the winter break (you can still see the remains of 97 of them). Conditions deterioriated to the point of outright mutiny - apparently not as bad as Valley Forge, but pretty close. When he heard what was happening, General Putnam charged on his horse in front of his men and declared...
Whose cause have you been fighting and suffering so long in - is it not your own? Have you no property, no parents, wives, or children? You have behaved like men so far - all the world is full of your praises - and posterity will stand astonished at your deeds, but not if you spoil all at last. Don't you consider how much the country is distressed by the war, and that your officers have not been any better paid than youselves? But we all expect better times, and that the country will do us ample justice. Let us all stand by one another, then, and fight it out like brave soldiers. Think what a shame it would be for Connecticut men to run away from their officiers.
We are FULL of your praises. My two little boys running amongst the remains of your hardships - a small drop of the millions who now live free because of what was sacrificed here. Loved this place.