On this day – August 13

On this day in 1689, New York Governor Leisler wrote to the Governor at Boston that at “Scharachtoge [Saratoga]…there are six or seven families all or most rank French papists that have their relations at Canada and I suppose settled there for some bad designe and are lesser to be trusted there in conjunctione of tyme than ever before the bad creatures amongst us gives me great occupatione”; in 1777, Benedict Arnold left Stillwater to lead a detachment for the relief of Fort Schuyler with Historian Brandow describing General Schuyler’s actions as “contrary to the wishes and advice of most of his generals, who feared to weaken the army; but Schuyler resolutely assumed all responsibility, sent Arnold with a picked corps and Fort Schuyler was relieved, and St. Leger, with his Indians and Tories, abandoning their camp were sent scurrying to the northward” and British Brigadier General Fraser’s command camped at the Battenkill, Brunswick Dragoon Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum’s command also moved to Battenkill as the first steps that lead to the Battle of Bennington; in 1780, the USS Saratoga, commanded by Capt. John Young, departed Philadelphia on escorting packet ship, Mercury, which was sailing for Europe carrying Henry Laurens, the former President of the Continental Congress, who was seeking money on the European continent to finance the American government; in 2001, the Town of Saratoga voted to post No Fishing signs on Bryants Bridge, purchased of a used 10 ton roller from McLaughlin for paving roads; in 2005, the Town of Saratoga Board heard proposals from the General Schuyler Emergency Squad regarding providing 24/7 Advanced life Support services and from Jack Kelly of the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation regarding targeted economic development zones.
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 our twitter account @historysaratoga
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)
August 13

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