The Revolutionary War Trust's (formerly Campaign 1776) map of the action at Freeman’s Farm at the Battle of Saratoga
In September of 1777, American troops were firmly ensconced in defensive positions near the Hudson River. British General John Burgoyne divided his 7,500 men into three columns to probe the American defenses. On September 19th, Colonel Daniel Morgan’s American light infantry clashed with the middle column near the farm of John Freeman. It was a hotly contested fight, with the field changing hands several times. Ultimately, the British Army held the field, but the action had slowed their forward momentum, and they chose to dig in and await reinforcements.