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.
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.
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.
The Second Continental Congress votes to break political ties with Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence is published on July 4, 1776.
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.
New York City falls to the British.
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".
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