“We, sir, are fighting the battle of America—as to surrendering the fort, receive this laconic reply –‘Come and take it.’”
Thus was the famous response that American Col. John McIntosh sent to British Lt. Col. Lewis V. Fuser in reply to his demand for the surrender of Fort Morris on November 25, 1778, during the American Revolution. In remembrance of this, Fort Morris will host its annual event “Come and Take It!” Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution to commemorate the event and those who served. Soldier talks, musket drills, cannon demonstrations and colonial music with Jamie Keena will follow from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A portrayal of the correspondence between the Patriot John McIntosh and British Lewis Fuser will be presented at 10:30 p.m.
Fort Morris State Historic Site is at 2559 Fort Morris Road in Midway. The park is 7 miles east of I-95, exit #76. Follow the brown Liberty Trail signs. Admission is $3-$4.50.
For details, call 912-884-5999, or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.