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Near Hubbardton in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

British Flank The Americans

Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site

British Flank The Americans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 8, 2022
1. British Flank The Americans Marker
After the British attacked Monument Hill, the Americans withdrew to a position behind a log fence on the east side of the Castleton Road.

As the battle continued, American Colonel Seth Warner, his men, and others near the Castleton Road counterattacked the British Advance Guard, nearly succeeding in turning its flank.

American Joseph Bird wrote, "We drove them back twice, by cutting them down so fast. We didn't leave [the] log fence or charge them. The action began on our right, which soon gave way."

Brigadier General Simon Fraser sent his grenadiers under Major John Acland to flank Warner's men and block their access to the Castleton Road to the south. The British forces drove back the Americans, gaining control of the road. This action compelled the American troops to withdraw to the north, across fields and through woods.

Bird recalled, "We fought through the woods, all the way to the ridge of the Pittsford mountain, popping away from behind trees.".

Some historians believe Tory and Native American scouts surveying the area for the British shortly
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before the battle may have used Mount Zion, in front of you, as a lookout. "Support the right, with direction to prevent, if possible the Enemys' gaining the road, which leads to Castleton and Skeensborough."
Brigadier General Simon Fraser,
British Advance Corps Commander

(drawing captions)
LEFT: A British 20th Regiment grenadier (Friedrich Konstantin von Germann, artist; Corner House Historical Publications)

RIGHT: Plan of Action at Huberton (sic) under Brigadier General Frazer, supported by Major General Reidesel, on the 7th of July 1777 (Drawn by P. Gerlach, Deputy Quarter Master General; Engraved by William Faden)

[FAR RIGHT:] Mount Zion, elevation 1,200 feet, is part of the Taconic Mountains range. The entire battlefield can be seen from the summit of Mount Zion, to the southwest in front of you.

1 Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site
2 Beginnings of the Battle
3 Monument Hill and the Morning Charge
4 British Flank the Americans
5 The Selleck Cabin
6 Germans Arrive, Americans Retreat
Erected by Vermont Division of Historic Preservation. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is July 7, 1777.
British Flank The Americans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 8, 2022
2. British Flank The Americans Marker
Mount Zion can be seen in the background at the top right of photo.
43° 41.702′ N, 73° 8.458′ W. Marker is near Hubbardton, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker can be reached from Monument Hill Road, 0.1 miles north of St. John Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5696 Monument Hill Rd, Castleton VT 05735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British Flank Near Mt. Zion (a few steps from this marker); Monument Hill And The Morning Charge (within shouting distance of this marker); Beginnings of the Battle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site (about 500 feet away); Germans Arrive, Americans Retreat (about 600 feet away); Hubbardton Battle Monument (about 600 feet away); Battle of Hubbardton (about 700 feet away); The Selleck Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hubbardton.
Also see . . .  Battle of Hubbardton (Wikipedia). (Submitted on July 14, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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