American River Defense

American River Defense (HM7FG)

Location: Stillwater, NY 12170 Saratoga County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 58.802', W 73° 37.719'

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Standing here in the summer of 1777, with you back to the invading Crown Forces, you would have seen the eastern leg of the American fortifications which surrounded Bemis Heights. The white stakes across the ravine mark the southern end of these log-and-earth defenses.

The modern highway on your left follows the traces of the old wagon road to Albany, route of the Crown Forces seeking to push southward. However, American cannon, skillfully positioned behind fortifications atop the bluff where you now stand commanded the Albany Road. Batteries on the flats below blocked use of the river. Red dash-line diagrams on the map show the range of typical cannons.
HM NumberHM7FG
Placed BySaratoga National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 11:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 611813 N 4759509
Decimal Degrees42.98003333, -73.62865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 58.802', W 73° 37.719'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 58' 48.12" N, 73° 37' 43.14" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-28 US-4, Stillwater NY 12170, US
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