Rare military knapsack goes on display to honor Veterans Day

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — A rare military knapsack carried by a Connecticut soldier during the American Revolution is going on display this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

Officials at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York say Benjamin Warner’s knapsack will be exhibited Saturday.

Curators say the item was carried by Warner during his service in the Revolutionary War and is considered one of the rarest artifacts to survive America’s war for independence.

Warner was from New Haven, Connecticut. He served in militia units from his home state as well as the Continental Army. His wartime service took him from Massachusetts to Quebec to New York to New Jersey. After the war he settled in Ticonderoga and died there in 1846.

A note Warner wrote about the knapsack in 1837 will also be displayed.

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