MONUMENT AND PARK
quiet memorial that still draws attention more
than two centuries after the ambush
at the Ambuscade marked the bicentennial of the country in
1976 and the bicentennial of the Sullivan Campaign in 1979.
County Historian M. Patricia Schaap was chairperson of the
observances in 1979 and organized a series of speakers and
events at Groveland and Leicester. An additional inscription
was engraved on the west side of the monument in honor of
significant event occurred in 1996 when the name of yet another
fallen soldier was inscribed. After extensive research it
was determined that Benjamin Wheeler of Northumberland, Pennsylvania,
was among those killed on the site in 1779. This fascinating
discovery after two hundred and seventeen years called for
a solemn ceremony complete with color guard, a gun salute
and speeches to pay tribute to this man.