Stillwater in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
American River Defense
The modern highway on your left follows the traces of the old wagon road to Albany, route of the Crown Forces seeking to push southward. However, American cannon, skillfully positioned behind fortifications atop the bluff where you now stand commanded the Albany Road. Batteries on the flats below blocked use of the river. Red dash-line diagrams on the map show the range of typical cannons.
Erected by Saratoga National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 42° 58.802′ N, 73° 37.719′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Park Tour Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Saratoga National Historical Park along a walking trail at the American River Fortifications stop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater NY 12170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Thaddeus Kosciusko (here, next to this marker); Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); Patriots’ Eye-View (a few steps from this marker); American River Fortifications (a few steps from this marker); Strategy and Terrain (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anchor of the American Line (about 700 feet away); North Redan (approx. ¼ mile away); Nicholas Fish (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stillwater.
More about this marker. The left of the marker contains a map of the fortifications, indicating the range of their artillery.
Also see . . .
1. Saratoga National Historical Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 988 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.