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

1780 Invasion

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, December 6, 2018
1. 1780 Invasion Marker
Inscription.  Home of Tyrannis Collins, militia captain under Gordon, raided by British & Indians. North of here all rebel men captured & houses burned
 
Erected by Town of Ballston.
 
Location. 42° 58.136′ N, 73° 52.757′ W. Marker is in Ballston, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Middleline Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ballston Lake NY 12019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Gordon (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Davis MD (approx. half a mile away); Briggs Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); McCrea Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Colonial Inn (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ballston Church (approx. one mile away); Ballston Center (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ballston.
 
Regarding 1780 Invasion. Captain John Munro led a force of approximately 200 men against the militia leaders and Ballston in October 1780. Munro had come from Crown Point and had been working in conjunction
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By Steve Stoessel, December 6, 2018
2. Marker Site
with Sir John Johnston’s raids further west in the Mohawk Valley. Ballston presented an opportunity for Munro to inflict some damage to the Rebel cause and draw American troops away from Johnston’s operations.


At midnight of October 17, Munro attacked down the Middle Line Road, surrounding the homes of Collins and Gordon. Collins was tomahawked while barring the door to allow his son to escape through an upstairs window. He was then captured by the British.
 
Also see . . .
1. War on the Middle Line. (Submitted on December 7, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
2. Sir Johnston’s Raid and the Battle of Stone Arabia marker. (Submitted on December 7, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary

 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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