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

Sword Surrender Site

October 17, 1777

 
 
Sword Surrender Site Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
1. Sword Surrender Site Markers
Inscription.
At Saratoga, the British campaign that was supposed to crush America’s rebellion ended instead in a surrender that changed the history of the world
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- Historian and author Richard Ketchum, 1997

Decisively defeated in the Battles of Saratoga eight miles south of here, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his sword and his invading army to American General Horatio Gates. The world’s newest nation had defeated the world’s most powerful.

News of the American victory at Saratoga inspired France, Spain and The Netherlands to form alliances against Britain. Battles raged on land and sea across the globe as these European powers fought Britain, diverting her resources away from America’s Revolutionary War.

America was emerging. World powers were shifting. The ideals of independence and self-governance rippled across the globe.

( Second Marker : )
Over the next few years, the Hudson-Hoosic Partnership, in collaboration with Saratoga National Historical Park and Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield, will be working with community partners to create a memorial setting here – the land upon which one of the most significant events in America’s Revolutionary War took place.

Held in private hands since the Revolution, this property was placed on the
Sword Surrender Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
2. Sword Surrender Site Marker
open market in 2009. It was purchased by NY Open Space Institute so it would be dedicated and forever conserved for public education and enjoyment. The site will be linked to Saratoga National Historical Park by the ‘Old Champlain Canal Tow Path.’ The Hudson-Hoosic Partnership plans to have the site incorporated into Saratoga National Historical Park’s boundary.

A cultural resource study was undertaken and a site development plan was completed (see below). Friends of Saratoga Battlefield are leading a capitol campaign to raise funds for site amenities including a cannon, worm fencing, paved walkways (with names of donors), signage, pathways, and a memorial wall. If you can help this effort, please visit www.friendsosb,com or call 518-670-2980 for information about this project.

Project Partners
Open Space Institute
Hudson-Hoosic Partnership
Town of Saratoga
Lakes to Locks Passage
Natural Heritage Trust
Friends of Saratoga Battlefield
Alfred Z. Solomon Foundation
National Society of the Children of the American Revolution
Saratoga Associates

 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 43° 5.227′ N, 73° 35.061′ W. Marker is in Schuylerville, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is at the intersection
Second Sword Surrender Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
3. Second Sword Surrender Site Marker
This marker will presumably be removed once the site renovations are completed.
of Schuyler Street and U.S. 4, on the left when traveling west on Schuyler Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schuylerville NY 12871, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burgoyne Surrendered his Sword (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Vrooman (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Reformed Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Two Brothers Meet Again (approx. half a mile away); Victory Woods (approx. half a mile away); The Loyalists Leave Early (approx. half a mile away); Nov. 28, 1745 (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Schuyler House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schuylerville.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a copy of the 1821 painting by John Trumbull of “Surrender of General Burgoyne”, courtesy of Architect of the Capitol. The bottom of the second marker contains an artist’s rendition of what the Sword Surrender Site will look like when completed.
 
Also see . . .
1. Account of the Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. A British perspective on the Battle of Saratoga from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Saratoga battle park celebrates historic sword surrender site.
Sword Surrender Site Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
4. Sword Surrender Site Markers
Article discussing the acquisition and future use of the Sword Surrender Site. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Schuylerville image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
5. Marker in Schuylerville
Nearby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
6. Nearby Marker
Prior to the erection of the Sword Surrender Site markers, this was the only indication of the event at this location. The new marker is located in the ground behind this marker.
Surrender of General Burgoyne from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
7. Surrender of General Burgoyne from the Marker
Sword Surrender Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 16, 2015
8. Sword Surrender Memorial
This bronze plaque depicting Gen.Burgoyne surrendering his sword to Gen. Gates will ultimately be moved to this location to become the centerpiece of the site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   8. submitted on October 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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