2017 marks the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle of Saratoga. Saratoga ranks as one of the most pivotal battles of the war. (Arguments could also be made for the battles of Long Island, and Trenton in terms of “the most pivotal”)
When the British drew up the battle plan for the campaign that ultimately culminated in Saratoga, the plan was to have three armies converge on Albany and thereby end the war by dividing and conquering New England.
One by one the British armies were defeated. When the third army suffered a staggering defeat in the thick pine forests 30 miles north of Albany, France declared war on Britain and joined the war on the American side. (A war that became much easier to win with French aid). Rather than hasten the end of the war, the campaign had the exact opposite effect. It greatly raised American morale and brought France into the war.
The Saratoga campaign ended in mid-October 1777 with the surrender of the third British army led by Gen. John Burgoyne.
ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Brown Bess muskets might be nicknamed for Queen Elizabeth I. She is the best answer to the question.
Which British officer invented a breech loading musket?
A. Fergus Robertson
B. Patrick Ferguson
C. Robert Ferguson