July 1st through 4th
This morning (Tuesday July 2nd) about 60 of us headed out of Saratoga Springs a short ways to the Saratoga National Battlefield Site. When our bus arrived, we were joined by our costumed tour guide, James Hughto (www.toursbyjames.com). We then drove through the Battlefield Site, about nine miles through gorgeous woods and fields, while James kept us well informed of the major points along the tour . We mostly stayed on the bus, in part because time was limited but also because there was a bit of rain, but got out at two of the main sites where James entertained us with his storytelling.
The Saratoga National Battlefield Site is where, “…in the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world.”
“Because of the incredible impact caused by the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga, they are known as the “Turning Point of the American Revolution”, and are considered by many historians to be among the top 15 battles in world history.”
Quotes thanks to the Saratoga National Historic Historical Park History & Culture webpage
Here are some pictures from our tour. Click on any picture to view larger and/or to view as a slideshow