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The Battle of Saratoga: Turning Point of the American Revolution

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The Battle of Saratoga is considered to be the major turning point of the
American Revolution. This battle proved to the world that the fledgling
American army was an effective fighting force capable of defeating the
highly trained British forces in a major confrontation. As a result of this
successful battle, the European powers took interest in the cause of the
Americans and began to support them.

In the British Campaign of 1777, Major General Burgoyne planned a
concentric advance of three columns to meet in Albany, New York. He led the
main column, which moved southward along the Hudson River. A second column
under General Barry St. Leger would serve as a diversionary attack, moving
eastward from Canada along the Mohawk River. General Howe would be expected
to direct the third element of the attack. According to the plan, Howe
would direct General Henry Clinton to move northward along the Hudson River
and link up with Burgoyne in Albany. The goal of this plan was to isolate
and destroy the Continental forces of New England.

Initially, the British plan appeared ...

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