On this day in 1689, there was a French and Native attack on Saratoga focused on Bartel Vrooman’s farm with the historical records suggest three persons were killed; in 1777, British Lieut. Genl. Burgoyne wrote to Lord George Germain from Camp Nearly Opposite To Saratoga, that stated “the loss as at present appears amounts to about 400 men killed and taken in both actions and twenty six officers mostly prisoners, but ones who were disposed in the woods drop in daily… the chief subject of regret on our side after that, which any loss of gallant men naturally occasions, is the disappointment of not obtaining live cattle, and the lapse of time in bringing forward the magazines; the heavy work is now nearly completed and a new Bridge of Boats is thrown over the Hudson’s River opposite to Saratoga, the former one of Rafts having been carried away by the swell of water after the late continual rains; then enabled to move nothing within my scale of talent shall be left unattempted to fulfill His Majesty’s Orders, and I hope circumstances will be such, that my Endeavors may be in some degree assisted by a cooperation of the army under Sir William Howe”; and in 1994, the USS Saratoga (CV 60) was decommissioned at the Naval Station Mayport.
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On this day in 1757, after the British defeat and loss of Fort William Henry in early August, British Colonel and Engineer Montresor oversaw the work at Saratoga and described a sawmill dismantled by the remainder of the provincial troops that were under the command of Colonel Fry (captured at Fort William Henry) and the works at Saratoga were reconstructed using stone, logs, facine, ditches, wood shingles, cut lumber, and bricks from Fort Edward; in 1758, it was “at Fort Miller, about 40 men of the Americans, under the Command of Capt. Lieut. McBean, & 2 Companies of Provincials”; in 1777, when the Native’s return to camp following Bennington, they decide to go home resulting in Burgoyne losing his eyes and ears; British Lieutenant William Digby of 53d Regiment of Foot described, “at this time many of the inhabitants who before came into our camp for protection calling themselves Torys went from us over to the enemy who we hoped soon to make pay dear for their late success at Bennington; it is scarce to be conceived the many difficulties we had to encounter in carrying on a war in such a country from the tediousness of removing provisions stores &c and the smallness of our numbers were much diminished by sending parties back and forward from Fort George to our camp”, and American Major General Horatio Gates appeared in camp with orders to relieve General Schuyler; in 1795, John B. Schuyler was at his home in Saratoga dies from a bilious fever; in 1949, a meeting was held to discuss the closing of the Cramer School; and in 1990, the Wagman’s Ridge school reunion at the Quaker Springs fire house.
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(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and for compiling information for this timetable.)