Letter: Getting the history right
In his Oct. 17 article on the Battle of the Hook getting its due after being neglected for so long, Mr. Ruegsegger wrote: "Across the York River in Gloucester an important Revolutionary War engagement that took place simultaneously called the Battle of the Hook had never—not once—been commemorated until a group of Gloucester citizens decided to host a re-enactment of that fight at Warner Hall in Gloucester."
This is not accurate. Readers might be interested to know that the Battle of the Hook has been commemorated numerous times prior to the 2008 re-enactment at Warner Hall. In 2001, more than 50 people gathered (from as far away as South Africa) at Seawell’s Ordinary to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the battle. In 2003, the county became involved, and in 2005, the commemoration was held at Warner Hall for the first time. The 2008 event was obviously the largest, most ambitious, and most visible, but it and the 2013 reenactment would never have occurred without the friendships, cooperation, networking and ideas that came out of these earlier commemorations. As the folks who have worked hard to make the Battle of the Hook re-enactments a success know, it is important to get the history right.
Terri C. Burruss