On this day

On this day in 1757, French Marquis de Montcalm orders his 6,200 troops to attack Fort William Henry, while his 1,800 Indian allies start shooting from the cover of tree stumps in the open areas on all sides of the fort, defended by 2,500 British under Col. George Munro, at 3 pm, Montcalm asks Monro to surrender before the French Cannon are brought to bear on the fort, Munro refuses, Montcalm directs main thrust of siege on north side of the fort, with two artillery batteries, one directly against the north bastion, the other to cross fire at the same time, to deliver ricochets onto the defenses, in 1777, surgeon and diarist Julius Wasmus wrote “We do not yet know anything of what the officer from New York has brought us from General Howe except that our main army stands both in and around New York;” and American General Philip Schuyler was replaced by General Horatio Gates as commander of the Northern Department; in 1790, US Coast Guard established, Alexander (General Schuyler’s son in law) played an integral role in the formation and development of the revenue marine service, the precursor to the modern-day Coast Guard; in 1792, General John Burgoyne passed away in a London, England, caused by gout in the stomach; in 1949, Schuyler Hose paid $12,500 for a new fire truck; and in 2002, the eighth annual Turning Point Parade with the hugely successful theme “Let Freedom Ring” and the Schuylerville American Legion Auxiliary won first prize for their float.
 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 former Historian Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)
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