An upcoming talk at the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society…
Sculpting a Diverse Truth: The Battle of Pines Bridge is the topic of a talk by Michael Kahn of
Yorktown on Saturday, April 20th, at 2 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue,
Cortlandt Manor, New York. Sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the
event is open free to the public.
As project leader of the Battle of Pines Bridge Monument Committee, Mr. Kahn will focus his
power point picture program on that crucial Revolutionary War battle in Yorktown and the
current efforts to memorialize it with a very unique monument entitled: Sculpting a Diverse
Truth. The planned monument will contain three bronze statues depicting the diversity of the
soldiers who sacrificed their lives defending the Pines Bridge Pass over the Croton River on
May 14, 1781.
It will be the first Revolutionary War memorial showing together in combat all three races:
African Americans, Native Americans, and European-American settlers, who all fought in The
1st Rhode Island Regiment under the command of Colonel Christopher Greene.
Mr. Kahn, a veteran officer in the Yorktown Police Department, is also a member of the Board
of Trustees of the Yorktown Historical Society. In addition to his expertise on the Pines Bridge
Battle and longtime interest in history, he is a student of archaeology and anthropology and
a member of the Archaeology Institute of America. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have two sons.
The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the northern end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint
Church and cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt.
For more information, visit: www.vancort.net; or, call (914) 736-7868.