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Main British Encampment

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Main British Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
1. Main British Encampment Marker
Inscription. In marked contrast to the officers’ marquees were hundreds of enlisted men’s tents. The main British encampment of some 4,000 soldiers extended east of Balcarres Redoubt to beyond the crest of the rise in front of you and to your left.

Markers in the field before you correspond to the flags in the illustration and indicate the boundaries of a regimental camp. There were seven such regimental camps in this main encampment.
 
Erected by Saratoga National Historic Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 0.127′ N, 73° 37.178′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Park Tour Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Saratoga National Historic Park along the auto tour road. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater NY 12170, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burgoyne’s Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Burgoyne’s Retreat (approx. half a mile away); The River Redoubts (approx. half a mile away); Main Crown Forces Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Burial Site of General Fraser
Main British Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
2. Main British Encampment Marker
(approx. half a mile away); The Great Redoubt (approx. half a mile away); Crown Forces Artillery Park (approx. half a mile away); Crown Forces Baggage Park (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stillwater.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a picture of the British encampment, featuring officers’ marquees and enlisted men’s tents. Soldiers are seen drilling in the picture.
 
Also see . . .
1. Major General John Burgoyne. Biography of John Burgoyne from the American Revolution website. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Lt. General John Burgoyne. Detailed information on John Burgoyne from The Patriot Resource website. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Saratoga National Historic Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Markers in Saratoga National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
3. Markers in Saratoga National Historic Park
Main British Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
4. Main British Encampment Marker
There are several markers in the field that indicate the extent of the British encampment. One is visible in this photo at the tree line.
Markers at Burgoyne's Headquarters Tour Stop image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
5. Markers at Burgoyne's Headquarters Tour Stop
Main British Encampment Marker from the Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
6. Main British Encampment Marker from the Road
Burgoyne selected this site for his headquarters due to location of a nearby spring. This place was the center of British activity between the two Battles of Saratoga.
Main British Encampment image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
7. Main British Encampment
Gen. Burgoyne set up his encampment on this field after the Battle of Freeman's Farm on September 19, 1777. He remained here until the Army's retreat on October 7, after the second battle. The white poles indicating the location of Balcarres Redoubt can be seen in the background of this photo taken from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on July 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on July 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6, 7. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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