DOBBS FERRY, NY — For the reenactors of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment and the Ministers of Apollo, the year was 1781 on Sunday, Aug. 6, during the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s annual Road to Freedom Day. The event commemorates the Continental Army’s departure from Dobbs Ferry on August 19, 1781. Under the command of General George Washington, the American and French troops marched to Virginia, where they defeated the British and Hessians at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. The 3rd New Jersey Regiment, also known as the Jersey Greys, portrayed the Ebenezer Stevens Artificers, an artillery unit that was part of the march 236 years ago. The Ministers of Apollo, on fife and drum, led the 21st-century procession, which started at Gould Park and ended at the historical society’s headquarters, the Mead House.
Tim Lamorte is an award-winning journalist who has spent almost two decades documenting life along the Hudson River.