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

Strategy and Terrain

 
 
Strategy and Terrain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
1. Strategy and Terrain Marker
Inscription. By closing the road and river, the Americans forced the British into rough, wooded lands where they could not use their infantry and artillery to best advantage.
 
Erected by Saratoga National Historical Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 58.882′ N, 73° 37.622′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Park Tour Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Saratoga National Historical Park along a walking trail at the American River Fortifications stop. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater NY 12170, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anchor of the American Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Redoubt (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Redan (about 600 feet away); Patriots’ Eye-View (about 600 feet away); American River Fortifications (about 700 feet away); American River Defense (about 700 feet away); Thaddeus Kosciusko (about 700 feet away); Nicholas Fish (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Stillwater.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker features a map of the area, indicating the location of
Marker in Saratoga National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
2. Marker in Saratoga National Historical Park
These strategically placed fortifications were set up by Col.Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish military engineer and volunteer in the American cause. These works proved to be the key to American strategy against Burgoyne in 1777.
the American fortifications in relation to the Hudson River and Road to Albany. It also indicates the course taken by Burgoyne when he found the road impassable.

Two photographs appear on the right of the marker. The top photo has a caption of “The bluff comes close enough to the river for cannon up here to sweep the narrow valley.” The lower photograph has a caption of “Viewed from below, the bluff raises a formidable barrier.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Saratoga National Historical Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on August 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Strategy and Terrain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2010
3. Strategy and Terrain Marker
Map of American River Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
4. Map of American River Fortifications
Artillery at the American River Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
5. Artillery at the American River Fortifications
American infantry and artillery at this location, along with batteries along the river, virtually closed the Road to Albany to the British, forcing them to attack the main American lines at Bemis Heights. The blue-topped poles indicate the location of the American fortifications in 1777.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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