OTD: British Officer Describes the battle in 1777

#Onthisday in 1777, there was a second great battle at Saratoga. It was known as the Battle of Bemus Heights. British Lieutenant William Digby of 53d Regiment of Foot described the action (in his journal he writes about it the day after 8 October 1777). 
About 3 o’clock, our heavy guns began to play, but the wood around being thick, and their exact knowledge of our small force, caused them to advance in great numbers, pouring in a superiority of fire from Detachments ordered to hang upon our flanks, which they tried if possible to turn. We could not receive a reinforcement as our works, General Hospital Stores, provisions &c would be left defenseless, on which an order was given for us to retreat, but not before we lost many brave men. 
 Every year, thousands of people visit Saratoga County, New York, to learn about the events in 1777. When visiting the area around the battle and siege field, the Visitor Center at Saratoga National Historical Park strives to tell the story of the battles in a variety of ways. The park website is at http://ift.tt/2cxkI82 
The Schuylerville Public Library http://ift.tt/2dYYY7C and all the libraries in the region have a number of books on the Battles of Saratoga. One of the more popular and well written books is Richard M Ketchum’s Saratoga: Turning Point of America’s Revolutionary War. (1997) New York: Henry Holt. ISBN 978-0-8050-6123-9. OCLC 41397623 
Saratoga is known for being the turning point of the American Revolution. In 1777 −− the second year of America’s War for Independence −− the British sought to quell the rebellion with a single decisive military campaign. The British plan depended on using an invading army to divide the colonies along a natural corridor of rivers and lakes stretching from Canada to New York City. The Americans’ determined resistance at Saratoga, coupled with British strategic blunders, resulted in a stunning defeat and surrender for a British army. This timely victory reversed American military fortunes, boosted patriot morale, and gained them international recognition and support, including military assistance. That is why studying the Battles of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the American freedoms.

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