September 19, 2018
It had been two years since the Red Coats marched on Lexington and Concord and the British were shocked the Americans were still standing. Therefore, the British developed a plan that they were convinced would bring an end to this revolt by the colonists. British General John Burgoyne would travel down from Quebec to retake Fort Ticonderoga, as well as Lake Champlain and the Hudson River valley. Meanwhile, British General William Howe would advance north from New York City, with the two forces meeting in Albany, while Colonel Barry St. Leger marched his troops along the Mohawk River from Ontario. Thus successfully chocking off New England from the southern colonies and halting supply routes. However, fate was not on their side.
Burgoyne began his campaign towards Fort Ticonderoga in June of 1777. He recaptured the fort quite easily on July 6, after the Americans saw his artillery tactically placed on higher ground and aimed at the fort. The Patriots decided to evacuate and fight another day. Following the fort’s capture, Burgoyne continued south, reaching the upper Hudson by the end of the month.
Needing supplies, Burgoyne sent German troops to Bennington, Vermont, in hopes of stealing food, horses, and other supplies from a supply depot. However, a band of militiamen led by General John Stark, which included the Green Mountain Boys, confronted the Hessians. The Americans surrounded the invaders, capturing or killing upwards of 1,000 men in the Battle of Bennington on August 16.
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