On this day in 1774, Louis XVI succeeds his father Louis XV as King of France (King Louis would provide secret supplies to the United States which contributes to the American Victory at Saratoga and the new King formed an alliance with the United States after the Victory at Saratoga); in 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga with its military supplies from the British with the help of Benedict Arnold; the Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia and the loyalist president of King’s College (later Columbia University), Dr. Myles Cooper, is threatened by a New York City mob, but escapes with the help of lawyer Alexander Hamilton; in 1776, after Lord Dumore’s proclamation of freedom to any slave that helped the British Army, British General Henry Clinton forms a corps of free Blacks, called the Black Company of Pioneers, to serve as army boatmen, woodsmen, general laborers, buglers and musicians; one recruit was Henry Washington, former slave of American General George Washington; the British will evacuate nearly 20,000 blacks at the end of the war; more than 3,000 of them were freedmen and most were resettled in Nova Scotia; in 1779, the hero of Saratoga, Benedict Arnold begins his treason because he is embittered because the Continental Congress was slow in recognizing his achievements between 1775-1777 and charged with abusing his authority while in command of Philadelphia, he opens negotiations with Sir Henry Clinton, the British commander in New York; in 1865, Union troops captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis near Irwinville, Georgia; . Davis and his Cabinet had retreated from Richmond after General Lee’s defeat at Petersburg; in 1896, $17.44 collected to tune organ at Schuylerville Methodist Church (which was built London in 1756, “the Handel organ” – the oldest tracker pipe organ in the United States); in 1928, WGY-TV in Schenectady, begins regular television programming serving our community; in 1945 the worst May snowstorm on record hit the area; and in 2002, the Village of Victory sponsored a spring clean up.
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(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)