YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Officer Michael Kahn and the Yorktown Historical Society are hoping 2014 is a big year for the proposed Pines Bridge Monument, commemorating the Battle of Pines Bridge in the Revolutionary War.
First proposed in 2009 by Officer Kahn, the final design was chosen last year. Funding for the project has slowed, however, and the Historical Society is hoping a brick donation program will help bring in contributions.
The book, "The Nasty Affair at Pines Bridge By Allison Albee," is a gift to anyone who buys a brick.
Anticipated costs for the project are approximately $300,000.
Col. Christopher Greene's First Rhode Island Regiment was overrun by colonists loyal to the British crown on May 14, 1781. Greene and his second in command, Maj. Ebenezer Flagg were killed in the battle, along with many other soldiers.
The regiment comprised of a diverse group of soldiers, including African-Americans, Native Americans and European-Americans.
The monument will be comprised of three statues including a Native American soldier, an African-American soldier, and a White soldier. This diversity would represent the inter-connectedness of each group in the fight for independence that centered around Yorktown’s Pines Bridge in the 1700’s. The statues would be life-size plus (approximately 8 ft. tall), and made of bronze.
The memorial will be situated in Downing Park across from the Presbyterian Church where Colonel Greene was buried on Route 202 in Yorktown.