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Glens Falls in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Battles of Saratoga - 1777

Historic New York

The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 27, 2012
1. The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 Marker
One of the most decisive battles in world history ended with the surrender near here of the British army invading from Canada under General “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne in 1777. The defeat ended a summer-long campaign by over 7,000 British, Hessian mercenaries, and Indians to capture Albany and then split the colonies in a drive south.

Americans under Major General Philip Schuyler slowed the advance, and his successor, Major General Horatio Gates, stopped it in battles fought September 19 and October 7 in the area now within Saratoga National Historical Park. News of the surrender treaty signed October 17 raised American morale and led to the Franco-American Alliance which brought badly needed French troops to the cause.
Erected 1974 by New York State American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, NY State Education Dept., Department of Transportation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Historic New York State series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1847.
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16.441′ N, 73° 40.618′ W. Marker is in Glens Falls, New York, in Warren County. Marker is on Interstate 87, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in a rest area on I-87. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glens Falls NY 12801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glens Falls Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the South Glens Falls Water Plant (approx. 2.3 miles away); The South Glens Falls Hydroelectric Project (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cooper’s Cave (approx. 2.8 miles away); Glens Falls and James Fenimore Cooper (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Mohican Nation – Yesterday and Today (approx. 2.9 miles away); Glens Falls/Chepontuc (approx. 2.9 miles away); The DeLong House (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glens Falls.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Saratoga. Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce website entry (Submitted on March 11, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. A British perspective on the Battle of Saratoga from (Submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. Wikipedia Entry for John Burgoyne. “Trapped by superior American forces, with no relief in sight, Burgoyne surrendered his entire army of 6,200 men on 17 October 1777. His surrender, says historian
The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 27, 2012
2. The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 Marker
Edmund Morgan, ‘was a great turning point of the war, because it won for Americans the foreign assistance which was the last element needed for victory.’” (Submitted on October 14, 2017.) 

4. Wikipedia Entry for Philip Schuyler. “He prepared the Continental Army’s defense of the 1777 Saratoga campaign, but was replaced by General Horatio Gates as the commander of Continental forces in the theater.” (Submitted on October 14, 2017.) 

5. Wikipedia Entry for Horatio Gates. “Gates assumed command of the Northern Department on August 19 and led the army during the defeat of British General Burgoyne’s invasion in the Battles of Saratoga. While Gates and his supporters took credit for the victory, military action was directed by a cohort of field commanders led by Benedict Arnold, Enoch Poor, Benjamin Lincoln, and Daniel Morgan. Arnold in particular took the field against Gates’ orders and rallied the troops in a furious attack on the British lines, suffering serious injuries to his leg. John Stark’s defeat of a sizable British raiding force at the Battle of Bennington—Stark’s forces killed or captured over 900 British soldiers—was also a substantial factor in the outcome at Saratoga.” (Submitted on October 14, 2017.) 
The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, June 27, 2012
3. The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 Marker
“Surrender of General Burgoyne” image. Click for full size.
Oil by John Trumbull in the United States Capitol, 1821
4. “Surrender of General Burgoyne”
The central figure is American General Horatio Gates. From left to right: American Captain Seymour (mounted), American Colonel Scammel (in blue), British Major General William Phillips, British Lieutenant General John Burgoyne, Gates, and American Colonel Daniel Morgan (in white). A full key to all faces can be found on this page at
British General John Burgoyne (1722–1792) image. Click for full size.
Oil by Joshua Reynolds in the Frick Museum, 1766
5. British General John Burgoyne (1722–1792)
General Horatio Lloyd Gates (1727–1806) image. Click for full size.
Copy by James Peale after oil by Charles Willson Peale, 1782
6. General Horatio Lloyd Gates (1727–1806)
General Philip John Schuyler (1733–1804) image. Click for full size.
Jacob H. Lazarus’ copy of miniature by John Trumbull, 1881
7. General Philip John Schuyler (1733–1804)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,688 times since then and 19 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week October 15, 2017. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 14, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Feb. 28, 2024