About the Battles of Saratoga

It's not too strong to say victory at Saratoga saved America's fight for freedom. John Trumbull's painting of the Surrender of General Burgoyne

In the fall of 1777, two armies clashed on the fields of Saratoga in upstate New York, marking a pivotal moment in the American Revolution. The Continental Army under the charge of General Horatio Gates, supported by state militias, native allies, and including hundreds of freed slaves, faced off against British General John Burgoyne and his forces. The outcome of this battle would not only determine the fate of the American Revolution but also change the course of world history.

The Battles of Saratoga were a series of engagements that took place from September 19th to October 7th, resulting in a siege and the first-ever surrender by a British army on the field of battle on October 17, 1777. The American victory at Saratoga was a turning point in the Revolutionary War, as it convinced France to ally with the United States, substantially aiding the eventual victory over the British.

Today, the legacy of the Battles of Saratoga continues to inspire Americans and people around the world to fight for freedom, justice, and democracy.

Revolutionary War & Battles Historic Timeline

Explore the key moments of America's War for Independence and discover the rich history of Saratoga's role as the Turning Point of the Revolution. Follow our interactive timeline and journey through the battles and people who shaped our nation’s path to freedom. Learn how their courage and sacrifices continue to inspire and guide us today.

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July 2, 1776

The Second Continental Congress votes to break political ties with Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence is published on July 4, 1776.

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September 11, 1777

In the largest battle of the war, the Battle of Brandywine, Washington's army is driven from the from the field. British forces occupy Philadelphia two weeks later.

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September 15, 1776

New York City falls to the British.

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Untold Stories

The stories behind the Battles of Saratoga are as captivating as its "Turning Point" namesake. America's infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold, was arguably the unsung hero behind this pivotal American victory. Angeline Tubbs, an English teen abandoned in the Saratoga wilderness by her British soldier fiancé after the British forces' historic surrender, went on to become the legendary "Witch of Saratoga".

Monument for General Burgoyne's boot

Benedict Arnold Gets “The Boot”

An infamous American traitor, Gen. Benedict Arnold ironically played a heroic role in the Battles of Saratoga. Read about why he is remembered at the battlefield with a boot.

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Painted portrait of Philip Schuyler

The Notorious Schuyler Sisters’… Dad

While the play Hamilton has made the three-peas-in-a-pod “Schuyler Sisters” a household name, their father, Philip, may not enjoy the same 21st century fame despite playing a key role in the ultimate success of the Battles of Saratoga.

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The War Diary of a Baroness

In her "Memoir of a Hessian Officer's Wife," a baroness and wife of a Hessian commander fighting for the British provides a unique a glimpse into the daily life, struggles and triumphs of a woman living in a war-torn land.

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Upcoming Events

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Family History Day

New York State Museum

New York State Museum's first annual Family History Day!

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Siege Encampment

Saratoga National Historical Park

The Siege Encampment is part of NYS Path Through History Weekend. The Siege Encampment will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm October 7th and 8th. Activities include a variety of 18th century demonstrations from cannon and musket firings, to blacksmithing demonstrations, surgery, women’s healing, cooking, and other living historians.

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Surrender Day Ceremony

Fort Hardy Park

October 17th Surrender Day Ceremony in Fort Hardy Park along the Hudson River, Route 29 Schuylerville. Join us to commemorate the 246th anniversary of the surrender of British General John Burgoyne to American General Horatio Gates, marking the turning point of the American Revolution.

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Revolutionary Run for Veterans

Fort Hardy Park

America's Turning Point will have a presence at the Saratoga County Revolutionary Run for Veterans, a 5k run which benefits Saratoga County Veterans. The event takes place at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville.

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America's TurningPoint

The Battles of Saratoga saved the American Revolution and changed the world. Watch now