Memories of a Battle Fought Long Ago, the Wyoming Monument 1778!

The Wyoming Monument stands tall in Wyoming, PA. My family is not listed on this monument? I still wanted to see it because it does list individuals that knew my family at one time or another and this battle did have some impact on my family as well as the whole valley.

The Wyoming Monument commemorates the Battle of Wyoming and those that gave their lives and were killed on July 3, 1778 not to far from the monuments location. It was raining at the monument when I visited.

I was surprised to find it in a grassy park like area right along Wyoming Ave. Keep and eye out for the United States Flag standing tall through the trees and you will find it just past the transformer station. If you are going north on Wyoming Ave. (Hiway 11) you may see the Luke Swetland home on the left and that means you are very close. The monument will come up on your right. It is shrouded in trees so it is hard to see but it is there. You can turn right onto Susquehanna Ave (one way) and you can park easily right on that street next to the grassy area. The monument is easily accessible.

There are two cannons in front and one has a plaque explaining their histories. The plaque is a little difficult to read. They were used in the War of the Rebellion.

Take your time and walk around the Wyoming monument because there are several plaques placed on it. The first plaque that faces the street explains the monuments purpose. The second lists the officers and privates slain. The last is a long list of those that were killed. I have read many versions of the events of the battle, some online and some in addresses and books. Just recently a new book has come out titled “Battle of Wyoming: For Liberty and Life,” by Mark Dziak. I tried to get a copy at the Barnes & Noble in Wilkes-Barre but they were sold out. I am told by a reliable source that it is very good.

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