Germans Arrive, Americans Retreat

Germans Arrive, Americans Retreat (HM7CJ)

Location: Castleton, VT 05735 Rutland County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 41.69', W 73° 8.334'

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Most of the battle waged back and forth in this field until the Americans were finally forced across the Castleton Road to the east. They took up a position there behind a log and stone fence.

After some heavy fighting, Colonel Hale's 2nd New Hampshire regiment crossed the road and flanked the British to the north. General Fraser, seeing his left flank under attack, sent word back to his rear guard for help.

At a point when all seemed lost, some of Fraser's rear guard appeared. This small group, part of Baron Von Reidesel's larger German Brunswicker force, arrived just in time to disrupt Hale's flanking attempt.

When Colonel Francis was killed, the Americans began moving away to the east. A running fight continued along the top of Pittsford Ridge, to your right, until 10 am.

Colonel Hale and many of his weakened force later were found wandering in the woods and taken prisoner by the British.

The battle was over, with heavy losses on both sides. The British and Germans would claim victory because they held the field, but the American rear guard had done its job. This battle proved to be a stepping stone to Bennington and Saratoga, where British General Burgoyne would surrender in October of 1777.
HM NumberHM7CJ
Placed ByHubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:59am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 649975 N 4839662
Decimal Degrees43.69483333, -73.13890000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 41.69', W 73° 8.334'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 41' 41.40" N, 73° 8' 20.04" W
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Area Code(s)802
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5696 Monument Hill Rd, Castleton VT 05735, US
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