Surrender Day, October 17 is busy!


This painting depicts General Burgoyne prepared to surrender his sword to General Gates on October 17, 177. Gates, showing respect for Burgoyne, refuses to take the sword and instead offers hospitality by directing Burgoyne to the tent to take refreshment; the American flag flies in the wind at the top of the tent. American officers gather at the sides to witness the event; their varied dress reflects their different units. In the center of the painting, and extending into the background, is Burgoyne’s army along with its German reinforcements. They were directed to the camp by American Colonel Lewis, Quartermaster-General, who rides on horseback in the far distance. The scene suggests peace rather than combat or hostility: beneath blue sky and white clouds, officers wear their dress uniforms, weapons are sheathed or slung, and cannons stand silent.

Burgoyne’s surrender was among the subjects John Trumbull selected for a series of history paintings when he began to “meditate seriously the subjects of national history, of events of the Revolution,” in 1785.

In the region we have a number of activities going on Saturday, October 17th including

@ 1 pm Saratoga Plan –Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Saratoga Siege Trail, located in the Village of Victory off of Route 4 

@ 6 – 8:30 pm Old Saratoga Historical Association with the NPS –Candlelight Tour of the Schuyler House on Route 4 South in Schuylerville

Here are some details on the Ribbon cutting –

Saratoga PLAN will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Saratoga Siege Trail, located in the Village of Victory off of Route 4 on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at the Schuyler House with brief words from project supporters and leaders, followed by a ribbon cutting and half mile trail walk.

Just eight miles north of the Saratoga battlefields an incredible siege took place along Fish Creek. After several days of being surrounded and starving, British General John Burgoyne was forced into surrendering on Oct. 17, 1777, an act that ultimately convinced the French to recognize the United States of America and join them in their battle for independence.

“Saratoga PLAN has been honored to work with many partners on this project that has built a public historic interpretive trail along the very same section of Fish Creek where the Americans laid siege,” said Devin Rigolino, Stewardship Coordinator for Saratoga PLAN, in a news release. “It is our hope that the new Saratoga Siege Trail will draw and educate visitors for years to come. Thank you to everyone involved in making the creation of this trail a possibility.”

Support for the Siege Trail came from many partners including: Saratoga PLAN, the Saratoga National Historic Park, the Town of Saratoga, RBC Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, the Bender Family Foundation, Siena College, Brookfield Power, the American Battlefield Protection Program, and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.


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