On this day

On this day in 1757, French troops leave St-John for assault on Fort William Henry (Lake George); companies of La Reine, La Sarre, Languedoc, and Guyenne, plus 1,000 men of La Marine, a three hundred man unit known as Villiers’ Volunteers, 2,500 Canadians, 1,800 Indians (Ottawa, Menomonee, Sauk, Potawatomie and Fox), two companies of artillery, one company of workmen, and the artillery train; Duc de Lévis to take command of Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) and await arrival of the Marquis de Montcalm; in 1758, British General James Abercromby lands at Howe’s Cove at the northern end of Lake George, to attack the French Marquis de Montcalm’s army at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga); army of almost 15,000 advances in four columns; the French, numbering only 3,000 men, build a breastwork of logs and branches that slow down the British advance; Abercromby will try again the following morning with no success; has to retreat, leaving 2,000 casualties, including young Lord Howe, brother of the Admiral; in 1777, British force under General John Burgoyne takes Fort Ticonderoga after General Arthur St. Clair and his Americans retreat, and Burgoyne captures Skenesboro (Whitehall) after it is burned by retreating Americans; and in 1937, Assembly Speaker Oswald D. Heck, from Schenectady spoke at the Old Saratoga Club at a luncheon in the Glass Restaurant annex it was described as an “enlightening, timely and most interesting talk on the workings of the Assembly and Senate” and the Board of Education last night received a check for $15.36, which amount remained in the treasury of the Senior Class after all expenses of the class were paid and the money would be used to reduce the cost of the publication of the school year book, “The Schuyler”. 
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 for compiling information for this timetable.)
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