On this day

On this day in 1775, Congress unanimously votes to appoint George Washington general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army and Benedict Arnold at Fort Ticonderoga signs Arnold’s Declaration of Principles as a desperate effort to achieve cohesion amongst the troops on the northern frontier, this declaration was “persuaded, that the Salvation of the Rights and Liberties of America, depends Under GOD, on the firm Union of its Inhabitants, in a Vigorous Prosecution of the Measures necessary for its Safety And Convinced of the Necessity of preventing the Anarchy and Confusion which attend a Dissolution of the Powers of Government…” which lead to confusion and subsequent politicking for power, which ended with a five-man committee of the Mass Provincial Congress audited Arnold’s command and Arnold resigning; in 1776, American General Benedict Arnold orders Montréal, Quebec put to the torch as British forces approach and the Army of the Continental Congress retreats south, citizens put out the fires before they spread, in the day, British General Guy Carleton and his troops return to the city; in 1800, General James Wilkinson, a veteran from the Battles of Saratoga started his second term (12 years) as the Senior Officer of the Army serving under Presidents Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, Wilkinson was preceded by Alexander Hamilton (Schuyler’s son-in-law) and succeeded by Henry Dearborn (also a veteran of Saratoga); in 1815, General Wilkinson was discharged from the Army; and in 2010, the annual meeting of Friends of Saratoga Battlefield was 
 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 subscribing to our blog at http://ift.tt/2czXtwq 
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)

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