On this day

On this day in 1756, John Burgoyne (who would surrender a complete British army at Saratoga in 1777) purchases a Captaincy in the 11th Dragoons; in 1775, Congress establishes the Continental Army; in 1776, Congress orders General Philip Schuyler to confer with the Six Nations Indians – Mohawk; Oneida; Tuscarora; Onondaga; Cayuga; Seneca – and “engage them in our interest upon the best terms that can be procured” and to procede to erect a fortification at Fort Stanwix, meanwhile, American General Sullivan decides to evacuate Canada and make a stand at Fort Ticonderoga; in 1777, Congress adopts the “stars and stripes” flag composed of thirteen stars and thirteen stripes, one for each of the original states, as the American flag; in 1801, Benedict Arnold dies at the age of 60, and was buried at St. Mary’s Church in Battersea, London, England; and in 1968, George E. Varley passed away at the age of 78, he served in World War I at a private in the US Army.
 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 us on Facebook at http://ift.tt/2kLifwt
 (Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)

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