The White Plains Historical Society

Battle of White Plains

October 29, 2006 - White Plains, NY.

A sunny, very windy day at the Jacob Purdy House greeted a large crowd for the 230th Battle White Plains Celebration. Presented were: stirring music by the White Plains High School Band, flag-raising ceremony, reading of the roll of honor (names of local militiamen who actually fought in the Battle of White Plains), recreation of a Revolutionary War campsite and a video presentation of the battle. There were activities for children and free refreshments including mulled cider, cookies, cake and apples. Admission was free.

The Battle of White Plains was fought October 28, 1776. It is an often overlooked battle in history because of the small number of troops involved. However, it is really a very important battle in the New York campaign of 1776. The American army lost a series of major battles from Long Island through Manhattan. When General Washington fortified the hills of White Plains and made a stand, it stopped the northward advance of the British army.

America's Finest

Barry and Fran Strutt watching the festivities

Colonial Soldier Checking Gear

Colonials encamped at Purdy House

Colonials Planning Their Next Attack

Colonials taking a well deserved break

General Washington & Troops at Flag Raising

General Washington Discussing Plans

General Washington Encouraging Soldiers

General Washington with Colonials firing a salute

In Period Guise, Revolutionary Reenactors Enjoy a Break

Colonials Socialize at Purdy House

Colonials Discuss New Painting of General Washington

Historical Society Trustee Coleen Sidley and President Bob Friedman

John Vorperian, Colonials, Dennis Power

Native Americans were there too

Refreshments at the Jacob Purdy House

Robert Hoch and Son listening to the White Plains Band

The New Man

Vice President Vorperian and President Robert J. Friedman of the White Plains Historical Society

White Plains Common Council President Rita Malmud & John Vorperian

White Plains Common Councilmen Roach, Bernstein, Hockley with John Vorperian & Bob Friedman

White Plains High School Band led by Leslie Tompkins

Lou DeGenaro (webmaster) and his assistant, Daniel, at Jacob Purdy House

Jack Harrington, Colonials

Photographs by Rod Carlson