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

Prelude to History

History Now

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
1. Prelude to History Marker
Inscription. When news of the British invasion reached the farmers who tilled these fields, some went north to join the Crown Forces. Such a loyalist was John Freeman.

On a hot summer afternoon in 1777, one of Freemanís neighbors who stayed to fight for the Patriot cause may have paused thoughtfully as he passed his old friendís abandoned fields and home.

Travel back in time as you walk this ground where history was made. Press the “History Now” button and listen to a presentation especially prepared to help you relive the exciting events which took place in what is now Saratoga National Historic Park.
 
Erected by Saratoga National Historic Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 0.34′ N, 73° 38.808′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Park Tour Road, on the left when traveling south. 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. The Battle of Freemanís Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Here Frazer Fell (approx. 0.3 miles away); The British Withdraw
Marker in Saratoga National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
2. Marker in Saratoga National Historic Park
The History Now waysides in Saratoga National Historic Park give "first hand" accounts of the events that took place here in 1777. At this one, a local patriot wonders about his former neighbor John Freemanís decision to stay loyal to the Crown.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The British Advance on Bemis Heights (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brig. Gen. Abraham Ten Broeck (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Fraser Was Struck (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Joseph Cilly (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle Begins at Barberís Wheat Field (approx. 0.3 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 a farmer on horseback looking over the untended farm of John Freeman.
 
Also see . . .
1. Account of the Battle of Saratoga. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. A British perspective on the Battle of Saratoga from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on July 18, 2013, 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. Notable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Prelude to History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
3. Prelude to History Marker
Site of Freeman's Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
4. Site of Freeman's Farm
The most intense fighting of the first Battle of Saratoga was fought on this ground on September 19, 1777 after Daniel Morgan's riflemen fired on Gen. Burgoyne's advancing center column.
 
 
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 716 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on July 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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