Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Historic mistake, part I

Today's history lesson was inspired by "Kingston event will commemorate reburial of former Vice President George Clinton" written by the Freeman's Paul Kirby and published May 12, 2008.

The story has a photo that depicts Kingston Historian Edwin Ford and Roger Wells pointing out some misinformation on the monument at Clinton’s grave site in the church graveyard.

Bruce Sumber of Kingston left a post online which accompanies the story, wondering about what the mistake was, which I alluded to in the column. The plaque has the date of Gov. George Clinton's death as 1811, which is wrong. Clinton died on April 20, 1812. There is a smaller plate at the church with the correct date. If you stand in front of the monument in the picture on the sidewalk, you'll see the small plaque, which has all the information from the old one, with the correction.