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Schuylerville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Last Ditch Defenses

 
 
The Last Ditch Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
1. The Last Ditch Defenses Marker
Inscription.
“ . . . the army was posted as well as the ground would admit of, fortifying our Camp, and preparing for any attempt that the Enemy . . . might . . . make.”
Thomas Anbury,
ensign, 24th Regiment of Foot

Here, after a brutal 8-mile-long retreat, British soldiers strained through the night to throw up earthen defenses against an American attack. Two thousand men then lay, day and night, near trenches like the one you see here with no tents to shelter them from the cold autumn rains.

Their worn out horses and oxen lay beside them. Burgoyne’s fortified camp was big – the size of 80 modern football fields. Each shovelful of dirt bought an extra measure of safety, but cost the British time they could have used to escape.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 5.657′ N, 73° 35.535′ W. Marker is in Schuylerville, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Monument Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located along a walking trail through Victory Woods. 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. . . . their cannon shot . . . reaching every part of our camp
The Last Ditch Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
2. The Last Ditch Defenses Marker
The trench (overgrown) mentioned on the marker can be seen behind the marker.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Victory Woods (within shouting distance of this marker); Burgoyne Hopelessly Surrounded (within shouting distance of this marker); You’ve Been Robbed! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Good Place to Set Up Camp (about 300 feet away); The Stench of Failure (about 400 feet away); Two Brothers Meet Again (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Loyalists Leave Early (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Schuylerville.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of British troops constructing their fortifications.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take of tour of Victory Woods, where the British army under Gen. John Burgoyne retreated to after the Battles of Saratoga, and from where he surrendered on October 17, 1777.
 
Also see . . .
1. Saratoga National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Marker on the Victory Woods Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
3. Marker on the Victory Woods Trail
 

2. Account of the Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. A British perspective on the Battle of Saratoga from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
The Last Ditch Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
4. The Last Ditch Defenses Marker
The marker can be seen on the left of the boardwalk.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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