Bennington Battlefield

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Bennington Battlefield

Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site

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In early August, 1777, Colonel Friedrich Baum hoped to march into the town of Bennington with a force of Hessian, Brunswick and Loyalist troops and commandeer any supplies or horses in the area. Unbeknownst to him, however, General John Stark of New Hampshire had raised a militia of over 1,500 to oppose him, supported by the Green Mountain Boys of Seth Warner. On the 16th, Stark took the Germans by surprise, surrounding them with gunpowder and easily breaking a desperate cavalry charge to escape. Over 700 of the German troops were captured, and Baum was killed in the final melee. Now you have the ability to visit this historic battlefield that was vital in preventing British General Burgoyne from gathering the supplies he needed for the upcoming Battle of Saratoga.

Rensselaer County
New York