On this day

On this day in 1745, during King William’s War, British militia Colonel William Pepperell and his 4,000 raw New England troops, accompanied by Massachusetts Governor William Shirley and with naval support from Commodore Peter Warren, capture Louisbourg from French after a six-week siege and it is this military action that leads French reprisal in the First Battle of Saratoga in November, 1745 where the community was destroyed, 12 people killed and over 100 taken into captivity; in 1775, George Washington accepts his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first major fight between British and American troops occurs at Boston in the Battle of Bunker Hill (fought at Breed’s Hill) where the British succeed in taking the hill, but at a loss of half their force, British General Burgoyne witnesses the battle American militiamen approached Bunker Hill at night to build fortifications by digging trenches and raising walls; in 1776, the American invasion of Québec ended as Benedict Arnold leads the last troops of the Army of the Continental Congress out of the province; in 1777, John Burgoyne leaves Fort St. John and marches south with a force of 7,700 British and German regulars, plus Canadians and Indians and 138 artillery pieces however he describes “the difficulties occasioned by bad weather which rendered the roads almost impracticable at the carrying place;” in 1778, war commences between France and England with the British firing on two French frigates off the coast of England officially; in 1865 the National Bank of Schuylerville was organized; in 1931, Town of Saratoga resident Norman J Blodgett was born, he would serve as a Fire Control Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class in the US Navy; in 1944, the Company K, 105th Regiment, 27th Infantry Division including Schuylerville resident, Sergeant John N. Miner and PFC Charles E. Drew landed on the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas island chain in the Pacific region, this became a critical objective for American forces during World War II in order to place the Japanese home islands within the flight range of the new B-29 Superfortress bombers, unfortunately Sergeant John N. Miner would be killed in this campaign.
 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 for compiling information for this timetable.)

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