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U.S. Time Periods » 1763-1815: Revolution

The Battle of Bennington: An American Victory

recounts a small but important triumph in the summer of 1777. For two months, General John Burgoyne led his army along the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor, capturing several American forts. In August, however, finding himself in need of provisions, wagons, and horses, he sent a force to Bennington, Vermont, to capture these supplies. What happened there contributed to the British defeat at Saratoga and helped decide the outcome of the war. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Interesting Fact:

Sources suggest that of the approximately 2.5 million people living in the American colonies, 20 to 30 percent were Loyalists. Another 20 percent were enslaved Africans and another 300,000 to 400,000 did their best to remain neutral. Those supporting independence probably counted for less than half of the people of the colonies.
Alonzo Chappel's painting of The Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777 (Collections of The Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont).

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