Schuylerville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sword Surrender Site
October 17, 1777
At Saratoga, the British campaign that was supposed to crush America’s rebellion ended instead in a surrender that changed the history of the world.
Decisively defeated in the Battles of Saratoga eight miles south of here, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword and his invading army to American General Horatio Gates. The world’s newest nation had defeated the world’s most powerful.
News of the American victory at Saratoga inspired France, Spain and The Netherlands to form alliances against Britain. Battles raged on land and sea across the globe as these European powers fought Britain, diverting her resources away from America’s Revolutionary War.
America was emerging. World powers were shifting. The ideals of independence and self-governance rippled across the globe.
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Held in private hands since the Revolution, this property was placed on the
A cultural resource study was undertaken and a site development plan was completed (see below). Friends of Saratoga Battlefield are leading a capitol campaign to raise funds for site amenities including a cannon, worm fencing, paved walkways (with names of donors), signage, pathways, and a memorial wall. If you can help this effort, please visit www.friendsosb,com or call 518-670-2980 for information about this project.
Open Space Institute
Town of Saratoga
Lakes to Locks Passage
Natural Heritage Trust
Friends of Saratoga Battlefield
Alfred Z. Solomon Foundation
National Society of the Children of the American Revolution
Location. 43° 5.227′ N, 73° 35.061′ W. Marker is in Schuylerville, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is at the intersection Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schuylerville NY 12871, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burgoyne Surrendered his Sword (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Vrooman (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Reformed Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Two Brothers Meet Again (approx. half a mile away); Victory Woods (approx. half a mile away); The Loyalists Leave Early (approx. half a mile away); Nov. 28, 1745 (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Schuyler House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Schuylerville.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a copy of the 1821 painting by John Trumbull of “Surrender of General Burgoyne”, courtesy of Architect of the Capitol. The bottom of the second marker contains an artist’s rendition of what the Sword Surrender Site will look like when completed.
Also see . . .
1. Account of the Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. A British perspective on the Battle of Saratoga from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Saratoga battle park celebrates historic sword surrender site. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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