Schuylerville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
You are standing upon land that witnessed a momentous event – an outcome considered unimaginable at the time. What happened here forever altered human history.
In early October 1777, during the American Revolution, 6,000 British soldiers retreated here after devastating defeats in the Battles of Saratoga fought eight miles to the south. Surrounded, battered, and besieged by the American army, the forces of the Crown all surrendered on October 17, 1777.
An army of amateurs had defeated world power. The victory at Saratoga spurred international aid to help the United States win its independence, which spread the ideal of freedom throughout the world.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 5.435′ N, 73° 35.543′ W. Marker is in Schuylerville, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Herkimer Street, on the left when traveling north. 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. The Loyalists Leave Early (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Brothers Meet Again (about 600 feet away); The Stench of Failure (approx. . . . their cannon shot . . . reaching every part of our camp (approx. ¼ mile away); The Last Ditch Defenses (approx. ¼ mile away); A Good Place to Set Up Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); Burgoyne Hopelessly Surrounded (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Victory Woods (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schuylerville.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of a British soldier in the fortifications that were built at this location.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take of tour of Victory Woods, where the British army under Gen. John Burgoyne retreated to after the Battles of Saratoga, and from where he surrendered on October 17, 1777.
Also see . . .
1. Saratoga National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Account of the Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. A British perspective on the Battle of Saratoga from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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 263 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.