On this day in 1759, British General James Wolfe nears Québec with 8,500 men and a fleet of 168 ships captures river pilots to help the fleet navigate the river during the pivotal battle of the French and Indian War; in 1775, General Washington arrives in New York City; General Philip John Schuyler is named to command “New York department” by Congress. he was appointed a Major General of the Continental Army then he planned the Invasion of Canada however his poor health required him to place Richard Montgomery in command of the invasion; in 1862, the 77th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment participated the Seven Days’ Battles, near Richmond, Virginia, when Confederate General Robert E. Lee drove the invading Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, away from Richmond and into a retreat down the Virginia Peninsula; in 1876, George Armstrong Custer and the 265 men under his command lost their lives including first sergeant DeWitt Winney of Saratoga in the Battle of Little Big Horn, often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand; in 1950, the Korean War began and during the war, there were three residents that were killed in action, Stanley W. Harmor from Saratoga, Julius Lofren from Schuylerville, and James Marlow from Schuylerville, and in 2000, a new Visitors Center was dedicated at Fort Hardy Park.
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 and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)