On this day in 1757, French Marquis de Montcalm besieges Fort William Henry on Lake George with 6,200 troops and 1,800 Indians; defended by 2,500 British under George Munro; in 1759, the orderly book of Lieutenant William Henshaw, who was posted at Fort Edward documents the continued level of activity involved in moving large amounts of supplies upriver from the storage facilities at Fort Miller, including the following from today “…a subaltern 2 Serjts. 2 Corplls. & 55 Privates to go to Morrow Morning with 15 Battoes to Fort Miller…”; in 1777, British General (Bvt) Barrimore Matthew “Barry” St. Leger begins an unsuccessfully besieged Fort Stanwix in modern Rome NY; the fort was occupied by Continental Army forces from New York and Massachusetts under the command of Colonel Peter Gansevoort: the besieging for 21 days by a force was composed of British regulars, American Loyalists, Hessian soldiers from Hesse-Hanau, and Indians, this expedition was a diversion in support of General John Burgoyne’s campaign to gain control of the Hudson River Valley which would end at Saratoga and to the east three mounted men –a British officer and two soldiers—made it from British General Howe in NYC, through the American controlled areas to Burgoyne’s Camp at Fort Edward; it is the first Burgoyne has heard from Howe, the letter was enclosed in a silver bullet to be swallowed in the instance that the soldiers were captured, the letter said “I have … heard from the rebel army of your being in possession of Ticonderoga, which is a great event, carried without loss… Washington is waiting our motions here, and has detached Sullivan with about 2,500 men, as I learn, to Albany, my intention is for Pennsylvania, where I expect to meet Washington; but if he goes to the northward, contrary to my expectations, and you can keep him at bay, be assured I shall soon be after him to relieve you, after your arrival at Albany, the movements of the enemy will guide yours; but my wishes are that the enemy be drove out of this province before any operation takes place in Connecticut, Sir Henry Clinton remains in the command here, and will act as occurrences may direct, Putnam is in the Highlands with about 4,000 men, success be ever with you;” in 1923, Calvin Coolidge took the presidential oath of office, after the unexpected death in office of President Warren Harding, it was during Coolidge’s administration that the Secretary of War reported to the President that Saratoga was one of two Class 1 battlefields yet to be designated a National Park which was an important step in the battlefield preservation; and 1997, the Turning Point Parade was held.
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(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)