On this day – August 14

On this day in 1777, the Duer House near Fort Miller served as Burgoyne’s headquarters starting August 14 and ending on September 10, in a journal kept by Lieutenant James Hadden while serving with British General John Burgoyne wrote “There is little worth remarking here [in the vicinity of Fort Miller], except that Mr Duer married to one of Lord Sterling’s Daughters is building a very good House, and [Duer] being with Congress, Gen’l Burgoyne has made it his head Quarters,” and the Baroness Riedesel arrived in Fort Edward; in 1812, Shawnee Chief Tecumseh brings 600 of his Wyandot, Anishnabe (Ojibwa), and Nishnabek (Potawatomi) warriors to help Isaac Brock besiege US General William Hull (veteran of the battles of Saratoga) at Detroit; Brock tricks the Americans by writing a letter, to be captured by the Americans, suggesting 4,000 warriors are converging on Detroit; in 1907, the USS Saratoga just finished serving at Philadelphia as a state marine school ship and is sold on this day to Thomas Butler and Company of Boston; in 1945, President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II; in 1948, the Lord’s Acre auction sale was held at the Quaker Springs Church; and in 1985, Wildlife in the Battlefield was described in an evening talk by Brian Underwood, a SUNY-CESF doctoral candidate and project leader of the study of interaction between deer and vegetation in the park.
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://ift.tt/2kLifwt
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)
August 14

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