On this day

On this day in 1777, British troops led by General Sir William Howe defeated General George Washington’s American army in a particularly gruesome fight known as the Battle of Brandywine; in 1779, Alexander Hamilton wrote his close friend and fellow aides-to-camp John Laurens about a report that Hamilton denigrated Congress, “Don’t you think the Cabal have reported that I declared in a public house in Philadelphia that ‘it was high time for the people to rise, join General Washington & turn Congress out of Doors.’ I am running the rogues pretty hard… He will give up his author, if I will pledge my honor ‘neither to give nor accept a challenge to cause it to be given nor accepted, nor to engage in any rencounter that may produce a duel;’” in 1789, Alexander Hamilton is officially nominated as the first Secretary of the Treasury; in 1814, the Battle of Plattsburgh aka The Battle of Lake Champlain takes place where US naval commander Thomas Macdonough and the USS Saratoga drives back British Sir George Prevost’s fleet on Lake Champlain, while American Alexander Macomb nearly beats back a British landing force from Plattsburgh, the US victory secures its northern border in advance of a cease fire, and weakens the bargaining power of British negotiators at Ghent; in 1826, Captain William Morgan, an ex-freemason was arrested in Batavia, New York for debt after declaring that he would publish The Mysteries of Freemasonry, a book against Freemasonry which sets into motion the events that lead to his mysterious disappearance; in 1830, the Anti-Masonic Party convention was held; one of the first American political party conventions; in in 1893, the clothing store of H.M. Rosenberg and Shoor & Stein in Schuylerville is closed for a holiday; in 2001, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States resulting with 2,997 people killed, over 6,000 injuried and at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage and the Town of Saratoga Republican primary election was postponed; and in 2002, a special 911 memorial service is conducted in Schuylerville at Fort Hardy Park with a memorial tree is planted near the visitors center. 

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 following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiantosaratoga/ 

(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)

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