OTD: British General Burgoyne’s army confronted an American Rattlesnake

#onthisday in 1777 part of British General Burgoyne’s army was in Fort Anne, NY. 
Brunswick Surgeon and diarist Julius Wasmus wrote: All of the wounded of the army as well as the wounded Rebels were carried onto bateaux and take to the hospital at Ticonderoga. Many Canadian horses, designated for the artillery in our army and as pack horses, arrived here. The first rattlesnake was killed in front of our line today; it was almost 4 feet long and had 7 bells [rattles] at its tail. Before biting, it first makes a noise with the bells so that everyone coming too close can take heed. It was brownish black on the back, beautifully covered decorated in various colors and with an unusual pattern of scales. It was yellowish-white under the belly and shone as if a ring had grown here against the top of it. As beautiful as its body was, its head and eyes were terrible. The head was broad and similar ot that of a large toad, the teeth very sharp, crooked and pointed like fishhooks, with which it can do harm when it jumps [on its victims]
In our community in the autumn of 1777, an American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battles of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world.
 Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance participated in the Battles. It is the determination of our forefathers in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga including our adversaries is helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human.
 To learn more about the image above and the story of the Rattlesnake in early America to the War of Independence visit http://ift.tt/2upE5cl

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