On this day

On this day in 1775, British General John Burgoyne writes British Maj. General Thomas Gage’s manifesto to the rebels outside Boston; in 1776, in Boston, American General Benjamin Lincoln (who would later serve at the Battles of Saratoga) directs the placement of cannon (many of which travelled from Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point through Saratoga) around Boston harbor, a short cannonade convinces the British ships to weigh anchor, inspiring Lincoln to write “thus is the port of Boston again opened by our own authority, after being closed during two years by virtue of an act of the British Parliament,” and American General Benedict Arnold writes to Ameican Gen Sullivan, “The junction of the Canadas with the colonies is now at an end. Let us quit them, and secure our own country before it is too late;” in 1777, Brunswick General Baron Riedesel was in St. John, Quebec and wrote to his wife, “Today, or early tomorrow morning, I set out for Crown Point. You shall hear from me as often as I can snatch a moment for writing. Farewell! Hug our three dear children right heartily for me. I hope your money has not given out; at Quebec, you can obtain on my credit as much as you may wish; and at Three Rivers, you will find the paymaster of our army, Godecke, who will give you as much money as you may need. Once more, my love, farewell! God escorts us as he has done hitherto. Write me soon, and rest assured that I shall remain wholly your own for all time;” in 1942, the USS Saratoga sailed to Pearl Harbor; and in 2001, the Schuylerville Village Board approved a resolution to increase the number of trustees from two to four. On this day is a chronological timetable of events that occurred on this day in history around the Town of Saratoga. Discover what happened today in local history by following our twitter account @historysaratoga (Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)

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