#Onthisday in 1777, British Lieutenant William Digby of 53d Regiment of Foot described the action after the 2nd Battle of Saratoga (Battle of Bemus Heights).
At sun set general Frazier was buried according to his desire, and general Burgoyne attended the service, which was performed I think in the most solemn manner I ever before saw ; perhaps the scene around, big with the fate of many, caused it to appear more so, with their fireing particularly at our battery, during the time of its continuance.
To learn learn more about the Battles of Saratoga, you can visit the Saratoga National Historical Park in the towns of Saratoga and Stillwater. 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 better books is John Luzader’s Decision on the Hudson : the Battles of Saratoga Fort Washington, PA : Eastern National, 2002 ISBN: 1888213590
Burgoyne’s Campaign of 1777 moved south along the traditional waterways (Richelieu River, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Hudson River). The British Army pausing to drive the Americans from Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. The British and Americans fighting battles at Hubbarton, Fort Anne and Bennington. Finally, the British campaign meets a complete defeat here at Saratoga, the turning point of the American Revolution. 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.