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Battle Of Saratoga, A Turning Point In The American Revolution

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The two Battles of Saratoga were a turning point in the American Revolution. Fought for 18 days in the fall of 1777. On September 19th, British General John Burgoyne achieved a small, but costly victory over American forces led by. Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold. Though his troop strength had been weakened, Burgoyne again attacked the Americans at Bemis Heights on October 7th, but this time was defeated and forced to retreat. He surrendered ten days later and the American victory convinced the French government to formally recognize the colonist’s cause and enter the war as their ally. General Burgoyne created a strategy that he presented to British ministers in London was to invade America from Canada by advancing down the Hudson Valley to Albany. There, he would be joined by other British troops under the command of Sir…show more content…
On September 19, the two forces met at Freeman’s Farm north of Albany. While the British were left as “masters of the fields,” they sustained heavy human losses. Years later, American Henry Dearborn expressed the sentiment that “we had something more at stake than fighting for six days.” In the late September and during the first week of October 1777, Gate’s American army was positioned between Burgoyne’s army and Albany. On October 7, Burgoyne took the offensive. The trooped crashed and fought together in the town. Burgoyne’s army were loose. Eighty- six percent of Burgoyne’s command was captured. The wonderful victory in October 177, the success they made of the battle, gave France the confidence in the American cause made us free and have the freedom. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have the freedom or individual rights. It was an amazing success they did for our country and we should thank that and be
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