Before the battle, Stark passionately addressed to his troops: "Yonder are the Hessians," he declared. "They were bought for seven pounds and ten pence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it! Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!"
[With the help of the Green Mountain Boys and the Rangers of Vermont, Stark's wife did not sleep a widow, and the stores at Bennington remained safe (their location is the current site of the Bennington Battle Monument).]