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Credit: Marist College Library Archives and Special Collections

Saratoga Battlefield

UPPER HUDSON

http://www.nps.gov/sara/index.htm Saratoga National Historical Park

648 Route 32

Stillwater, NY 12170-1604

Hours: Open April through October (special events throughout the year)

Phone: (518) 664 – 9821

Historical Description:

The Battle of Saratoga was one of the most significant American military victories of the Revolutionary War. It was on the battlefields of Freeman's Farm and Bemis Heights on September 19 and October 7, 1777, that American forces under the command of Major General Horatio Gates met and defeated a major British force under the command of Lieutenant General John Burgoyne. Major General Benedict Arnold secured the battlefield victory by taking Breymann's Redoubt on October 7. This event drew worldwide attention to the rebellion in the American colonies and established foreign support for the Americans cause politically, economically, and militarily from both the French and the Spanish. The victory at Saratoga was the turning point in the War for American Independence and must be ranked among the ten most decisive battles in world history.

 

The Site:

The park comprises three separate sites: the four-square mile battlefield in Stillwater, New York, where the battles took place; the Schuyler House, the country estate of Major General Philip Schuyler eight miles north in Schuylerville, rebuilt after the British burned it; and, the nearby 155-foot Saratoga Monument, in the final entrenched campsite for Burgoyne's army, marking Burgoyne's surrender site on October 17, 1777.

 

Directions:

Saratoga National Historical Park is located 4 40 miles north of Albany, New York, and some 15 miles southeast of Saratoga Springs. From South: Exit 12 off the Northway (I-87). From North: Exit 14 and follow signs for Route 29 East to Schuylerville where the Schuyler House and Saratoga Monument are located. Eight miles south on Route 4 you will find the main entrance to the Battlefield.

 

Research Patron: Atwood Collins

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