Schuylerville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Loyalists Leave Early
I was in great anxiety and distress of mind knowing how impossible it was that any Capitulation could provide for my Security . . .
Queen’s Loyal Rangers
There were hundreds of American soldiers camped on this very hillside in October 1777 – Americans whose loyalty to Britain was so strong that they were willing to fight for King George III. As the British camp here on the heights of Saratoga echoed with talk of impending surrender, these Loyalists rightly feared that they would suffer severe reprisals from the hands of the Americans they called rebels. Walking “Indian-file” through the dark woods on October 14, some 35 Queen’s Loyal Rangers bluffed their way past the surrounding patriot pickets. The Queen’s Rangers eluded pursuers and arrived safely at the British camp at Lake George four days later.
The negotiations between General Gates and General Burgoyne clearly stated that no one in the British army “of whatever country . . . ” was to be singled out for abuse. But at the end American loyalists still sought Burgoyne’s permission to not surrender.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 5.489′ Touch for map. The marker is located along a walking trail through Victory Woods. 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. Victory Woods (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Brothers Meet Again (about 300 feet away); The Stench of Failure (about 700 feet away); . . . their cannon shot . . . reaching every part of our camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Last Ditch Defenses (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burgoyne Hopelessly Surrounded (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Good Place to Set Up Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Victory Woods (approx. 0.2 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 the American Loyalists leaving the British encampment.
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 345 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.