What was the Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre?
The song by Bob Dylan, "Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues" is about it, but what was it?
- staisilLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
During the American Revolution when control of the Hudson River was viewed by the British as essential to dominating the American territories, the area that was to become the park saw several significant military engagements. In 1777 British troops routed Patriots at Fort Montgomery. Anthony Wayne's attack of the British fort at Stony Point moved colonial troops to the west of Bear Mountain.
The Battle of Stony Point was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on the night of July 15-16, 1779. A select force of Continental Army infantry made a coordinated surprise night attack and stormed a fortified position of the British Army on the Hudson River near West Point, New York. The position was taken in 25 minutes with the loss to the British of nearly an entire regiment of infantry.
Although the position, commanding a key ferry crossing point of the Hudson, was abandoned three days after its capture, British commanders later in the year concluded that it was defensibly untenable and evacuated it permanently. The crossing was used by the Continental Army in its march to Yorktown, Virginia, two years later.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_Mountain_State_P... http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-stony-point.ht...
- ceciliaLv 710 years ago
I don't think it has anything to do with a battle.
Based on the lyrics of the song, this explanation from the notes of a YouTube cover video makes a lot more sense:
"Dylan read an article about a scam artist who sold fake tickets to tourists promising a boat trip to Bear Mountain. The scam backfired. So many people showed up, that there was no room for everyone to enter the boat. Dylan was amused by the article and it inspired him to write this song."Source(s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7XzbPypO3E
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