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Schenectady in the Revolution

By John Gearing


On Monday, March 5, 2018, the SUNY Schenectady County Community College-Community Archaeology Program partners with the American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys to present, “Schenectady in the Revolution” by John Gearing.

The program will be held at the Schenectady County Community College located at 78 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305, in the Stockade Building’s Lecture Hall room 101. The event starts at 6:30 PM with time for socializing and networking. The programming starts at 7:00 PM.

This is a free event; however, space is limited to the first 120 to register. To register, please provide your names(s), telephone number in an email to or by phone at 518-774-5669.

Although there never was a “Battle of Schenectady,” the town played a vital role in the war for independence. Her militia, the 2nd Albany Regiment, fought British/Tory/Iroquois raiders determined to conduct a scorched earth campaign in the Mohawk Valley, played a role in the naval battles on Lake Champlain – the birth of the US Navy - and crucially slowed Burgoyne's progress south toward Saratoga. The town of Schenectady became a place of refuge for several different groups of displaced persons throughout the war, including some that may surprise. But were Schenectady's citizens all solidly for independence? The truth is rather interesting. These topics, and more, will be the subject of John Gearing's talk on Schenectady in the Revolution.

Born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut, Gearing developed a deep love for local history first-hand during woods walks to explore the nearby ruins of an abandoned community deep in a forest that had once been open farmland. Two hundred yards from the family home stood a locally-famous oak that was said to have been welcomed home soldiers of the Revolution who stopped for refreshment at the (now vanished) Bartholomew Tavern across the road. His interest in history lay dormant for a time, while he attended Bates College, then grad school at Georgia Tech, and enjoyed a career as a Systems Engineer on the Trident II (D5) missile at the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. Switching careers in the 90's, he graduated in 2013 from the University of Connecticut, School of Law and maintains a solo practice. Shortly after arriving in Niskayuna in 2003, he explored Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood and found his interest in history reawakened. He is a Trustee of the Schenectady County Historical Society, and the author of a forthcoming history of Schenectady, tentatively titled “Schenectady Genesis, Vol. 2: Evolution, 17620-1798” to be published by SUNY Press under the auspices of The Colonial Schenectady Project.



2018 Round Table Schedule

Schedule is subject to change, please check back periodically.


- Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Industrious Sober Women: Soldiers' Wives in Burgoynes' Army by Jenna Schnitzer

Located at the Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871


- Monday, March 5, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Schenectady During the Revolution including its Role in the Mohawk Valley Raids by John Gearing

Located at the Schenectady County Community College, 78 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305


-Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Henry Beekman Livingston, Black Sheep of The Livingston Clan by Geoff Benton

Located at Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211


- Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Battle of Hubbardton, the Rear-Guard Action that Saved America by Bruce Venter

Located at Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211


-Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Washington’s Generals by Bill Welsch

Located at Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211


-Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Benedict Arnold at Saratoga: How a Newly Discovered Letter Changed History by Eric Schnitzer

Located at Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, NY 12211


Past Round Table Programing

-Industrious Sober Women: Soldiers' Wives in Burgoynes' Army by Jenna Schnitzer - Thursday, January 25, 2018


-Veterans Day Event - The Military Theaters of the American Revolution Symposium - Saturday, November 10, 2017


  • Mark Edward Lender the Emeritus Professor of History at Kean University
  • James Kirby Martin currently the Charles B. Ewing Visiting Professor of Military History, USMA, West Point
  • Charles Neimeyer the Director and Chief of Marine Corps History at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia
  • Jim Piecuch the Professor of History, Kennesaw State University
  • David L. Preston the Professor of History, the Citadel

The symposium was based on the book of the same name, Theaters of the American Revolution, published by Westholme Publishing. The five nationally known leading experts on the American Revolution discussed the Northern Theater, the Western Theater, the War at Sea, the Southern Theater, and the Middle Theater.

The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event a great success, thank you!



-18th Century Military Archaeology in the Upper Hudson and Champlain Valleys by David Starbuck - Thursday, August 24, 2017


-Joseph Brant’s 1780 Raid on Canajohary by Wayne Lenig - Tuesday, April 4, 2017


-Brave and Gallant: Black and African-American Military Men at Saratoga by Eric Schnitzer - Thursday, January 19, 2017


-The Battle of Fort Anne: "In Consequence of this Action Fort Anne was burnt and abandoned" by Matthew Zembo - Thursday, November 17, 2016