On this day

On this day in 1747, there was a skirmish in Saratoga involving a wood cutting party where one or two killed and one person was taken prisoner; in 1757, French Marquis de Montcalm victorious at Fort William Henry; fails to prevent massacre of the departing British men, women and children by his Indian allies; they had been expecting payment in booty, captives, and scalps and were disappointed at the lenient surrender terms; some dug up the graves of people who had died during the siege, infecting themselves with Smallpox as they attempted to scalp the corpses and steal valuables, some reports claimed as many as 1500 killed, but modern scholars put the number at 70-180 dead; the French burn the fort and retreat to Fort Carillon; some Indian allies take smallpox back to their villages that winter; the resulting epidemic during the winter of 1757-58 takes most of the Great Lakes tribes out of the war; in 1777, while in the process of moving the army from Stillwater south to Van Schaick’s and Haver (now Peebles) islands at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, General Schuyler received a letter from John Hancock, president of Congress, notifying him that he was to be relieved and directing him to report to Washington’s headquarters, along with St. Clair, presumably to face court martial over the loss of Fort Ticonderoga; in 1967, there was a house tour in Schuylerville; in 1973, it was declared Monument Day; and in 1998, the Town board approved 5 mph speed limit on Fish Creek near 9P bridge and approved cluster development law.
 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.)

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