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

American Encampment and General Headquarters

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American Encampment and General Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
1. American Encampment and General Headquarters Marker
Inscription. Mid-September of 1777 found an American army of 8,500 encamped on these uplands, called Bemis Heights. The soldiers worked feverishly building fortifications to block the Crown Forces marching from the north.

You can see the site of American Horatio Gates’ headquarters and the field hospital about ¼ mile to the south.
 
Erected by Saratoga National Historic Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 59.118′ N, 73° 38.49′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Auto 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. New Hampshire Memorial (a few steps from this marker); John Neilson House and Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Kosciuszko (within shouting distance of this marker); Unknown American Soldiers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bemis Heights (about 500 feet away); Gates Headquarters
Marker in Saratoga National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
2. Marker in Saratoga National Historic Park
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Asa Chatfield Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Chatfield Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stillwater.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of American troops building the fortifications at Bemis Heights. To the left is a photograph indicating the location of Gates’ Headquarters and the American Field Hospital.
 
Also see . . .
1. "The Battle of Saratoga" September 19, 1777. The American Revolution website. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Saratoga National Historic Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
American Encampment and General Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
3. American Encampment and General Headquarters Marker
This marker is found at the Neilson Farm/Bemis Heights stop on the Auto Tour Road in Saratoga National Historic Park.
American Encampment on Bemis Heights image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
4. American Encampment on Bemis Heights
The blue-topped poles indicate the position of the American fortifications at this location during the Battles of Saratoga.
 
 
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 903 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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