• Scenic rural landscape with green lawn, cloud-flecked blue sky, and autumn foliage punctuated by a small, deep red farmhouse and red cannon carriages.

    Saratoga

    National Historical Park New York

Saratoga Monument Virtual Tour part 2

Surrender of British General Burgoyne to American General Gates after the Battle of Saratoga, October 17, 1777.

Surrender of British General Burgoyne to American General Gates after the Battle of Saratoga, October 17, 1777. Painting by John Trumbull.

Courtesy: Architect of the Capitol, Washington DC

The actual British surrender did not occur here, but rather, took place about a mile downhill, east and slightly north from here, on October 17, 1777.

 
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Saratoga Monument, surrounded by scaffolding during its construction.

Saratoga Monument wasn’t built until the late 19th century. In 1877, a group of private citizens, the Saratoga Monument Association, obtained this piece of property and this was where they built this Monument.

They built it with two main purposes in mind: commemorating the American victory in the Battle of Saratoga, and helping teach and remind people about the American Revolution and that critical American victory at Saratoga.

 

Did You Know?

Modern flag of Germany.

Believe it or not, German soldiers fighting for the British during the American Revolution were actually professional soldiers who were "rented" from their provincial rulers by King George III of England. They were not "mercenaries" (soldiers for hire), but regular soldiers.