Philip Schuyler was a major player in the region throughout the second half of the 18th Century, first as a provincial officer serving the British during the French and Indian War, then as a Major General in Continental Army during the American Revolution. Schuyler spent time during both conflicts at Lake George, and played a leadership role in preparing Fort George for British assaults after patriots captured the site in 1775.
Schuyler’s talent for providing important logistical support to the Continental Army was of immense value. His post-Revolution career was devoted equally to political and business pursuits.
The Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance, Albany Rural Cemetery, and the French & Indian War Society at Lake George have announced “Philip Schuyler: His Life, Death and After-death,” a joint program set for Saturday, April 22nd at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, in Lake George.
This presentation will explore some of the controversy that still surrounds Schuyler today — including the question about where at Albany Rural Cemetery his remains are located and his role in the perpetuation of slavery.
This program will be led by Michael P. Barrett, former police officer and attorney who recently retired as Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, NY. Among other positions, he is presently a Board member of the Lansingburgh Historical Society and the Albany Rural Cemetery; a Past President of the Brunswick Historical Society; a Past Chairman of the Capital District Civil War Roundtable; a former member of the Board of Advisors at the New York State Military Heritage Museum; and a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of New York State and the Walloomsack Review.
This event will begin at 11 am and is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illustration: portrait of Philip Schuyler by Jacob H. Lazarus.