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 1986, 30 current and former area residents spoke at an oral history session remembering the Battlefield, part of a project to tap memories to uncover more knowledge regarding the Revolutionary War battlefield, the battles which took place, farms on the site and any other stories passed down from one generation to the other, said seasonal ranger Pat Niles, the conversations are being encouraged by seasonal park rangers Pat Niles and Linda White to uncover forgotten information about the three portions of the park, including the Gen. Philip Schuyler House and the Saratoga Monument, “I lived on the battlefield,” said Hazel Farrell. When the government condemned the 92-acre family farm it wanted for inclusion in the park in 1925, “We moved outside to another farm nearby, It gave us a large backyard, 2,000 acres,” she said with a smile, Farrell recalled the 1927 sesquicentennial of the Battles of Saratoga, local residents find it exciting to be part of the historical project, but some are also a little surprised, “This is a complete turnaround,” said John Neilson. In the past, he said with a smile, the federal government “wouldn’t believe a word the residents said;” in 2000, wood fires blazed on the lawn of the Schuyler House as daily chores and enjoyments of the Revolutionary War era were demonstrated for more than 1,000 visitors for 18th Century Day sponsored by The Old Saratoga Historical Association featured 25 demonstrations including candle dipping, soap making, weaving, tinsmithing and rug hooking, Association President Debbie Peck Kelleher said the first 18th Century Day was held in 1978 and was a spinoff of Bicentennial celebrations held two years earlier, “Some of our demonstrators today have been with us for 20 years,” she said, the association was founded in the 1950s and was very active in the movement to have the National Park Service purchase the Schuyler House for historic preservation; 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 2002, The Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps performed at lunch time at the National Park, dressed in brightly colored uniforms, this precision-trained, nationally acclaimed fife and drum corps delivered echoes from inside the walls of the historic fort and more than a dozen students at Schuylerville Elementary School provided the vocals to “Peel the Banana” CD produced by Homespun Community Dancing with caller Paul Rosenberg and musicians Peter Davis and George Wilson, better known as Peter, Paul and George, “Peel the Banana!” is the call that signals the dancers, who are arranged in two long lines, to walk toward the musicians in pairs and then follow as the head pair turns back to back and “peels” the lines to the far end of the hall; and the General Schuyler Emergency Squad announced received a $25,000 member item from State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, R-Brunswick, “We are very thankful for Sen. Bruno’s support in helping us purchase a new ambulance in our goal to protect this community safely and efficiently,” said Sherry Doubleday, assistant captain and treasurer of the squad, the General Schuyler Emergency Squad was incorporated in 1971, there are 25 members who respond to calls and five others who help behind the scenes and simplifying local government isn’t easy in a state with a strong tradition of local control but Gov. George Pataki said he expects to see concrete results from a task force of local officials charged with finding ways to streamline government, the task force on local government reform held its first meeting, the task force includes Wendy Lukas, a trustee for the village of Schuylerville; 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 and in 2018, at the Town Board meeting, District Attorney Karen Heggen addressed the Board and explained how her office integrates with our community on a regular basis and some of the things her office does on the county level, Highway Superintendent Don Osmby reported for that the department mowed ditches, Rt. 4 Trail and Towpath Trail and the Town Board voted to purchase a new 2018 Dodge Ram 5500 Crew Cab 60 C/A 4×4 Truck.

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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