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 1935, the Victory Democrats vs. Schuyler Hose were the scheduled softball game; in 1945, President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II; in 1947, the Schuylerville Trot stakes race was run at the Saratoga Raceway with a prize of $1,600; in 1948, the Lord’s Acre auction sale was held at the Quaker Springs Church; in 1954, in the Fort Hardy Junior loop baseball, Victory was to face off against the Knights of Columbus; 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; in 2001, “Meet The Baroness” program took place at the battlefield, actress Debbie Bailey offered a dramatic portrayal of the German-born baroness Frederika Reidesel who traveled thousands of miles in 1777 to be with her husband during Gen. John Burgoyne’s military campaign; in 2002, the Schuylerville village board approved, 2-1, paying Joseph Drew, former DPW foreman, for 80 days of sick time accumulated over 17 years as a village employee; in 2003, art exhibits intended to increase public awareness of efforts to save the Dix Bridge in Schuylerville started at the Open Space, 110 Spring St. in Saratoga Springs and at the Schuylerville Chamber of Commerce, 43 Spring St., with folk singer George Ward performing, the exhibits featured sketches and paintings by students of Schuylerville Central School District and The Adirondack School along with work of amateur and local artists in Schuylerville and in
in 2018, the Village Board of Victory voted to spend $1,500 to have the Goose Island company remove trees in the Victory Cemetery and reminded everyone DO NOT FLUSH any type of baby wipe or towel since it caused a recent sewer main obstruction on Cemetery Road,
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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