Siege of Saratoga, New York on October 10-17, 1777
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Siege of Saratoga, NY - October 10-17, 1777
The American Battlefield Trust's map of the Revolutionary War Siege of Saratoga, New York on October 10-17, 1777
The American victory over the British at Saratoga in autumn of 1777 changed the course of the Revolutionary War. British General John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne believed the Hudson River Valley was "precisely the route an army ought to take" to crush the American rebellion. Unfortunately for Burgoyne, coordination between the British armies broke down and a series of battles left him short on supplies and men. As his 6,800-man army retreated north the way they had come, along miserable muddy roads, they found themselves surrounded at Saratoga by troops under the command of American General Horatio Gates. On October 17, Gates accepted their surrender.
As authors Theodore Savas and J. David Dameron write of Saratoga in their book, A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution, “The victory prompted France to recognize the American colonies as an independent nation, to declare war on England, and to commit money, ships, arms, and men to the rebellion. Without this support, future victories, including the 1781 Yorktown Campaign, would not have been possible.”