The Wyoming Monument is an American Revolutionary War monument and gravesite located in the borough of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County.
The monument marks the gravesite of the bones of members of the Continental Army, 24th Infantry Regiment, who were victims of the Wyoming Massacre, which took place on July 3, 1778. Local residents banded together to defend the area against an invasion of British Tories as well as pro-Tory Native Americans. The battle ended in defeat for the colonial fighters and considerable brutality followed the battle. It was not until October 22, 1778 that a recovery party felt the region safe enough to return to begin recovery of the bodies of those slain in the battle. The remains were gathered and interred in a common grave, only to be dug up again at public ceremonies in 1832 — ceremonies attended by some of the then elderly survivors of the massacre. In 1833, the bones were re-interred in a vault under the present monument.
Also interred here may be the bone of several Tories and British soldiers killed in the same action, but this is uncertain. Those remains may have been buried in a separate unmarked mass grave, exact location unknown, by the victors of the battle before they departed the vicinity. The Seneca Indians who participated in the battle usually carried off any of their dead.
GPS Coordinates: 41.30545, -75.84474
- Added: 22 Sep 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2651650
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