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Tango0125 Jun 2020 9:51 p.m. PST

"In the summer of 1777, Gen. John Burgoyne's army moved south from Canada as part of the overall British strategy to divide New England from the rest of the rebellious American colonies. The British commander's army was slowed by poor roads as well as trees and other obstacles strewn along the route by the Americans. Burgoyne's supply line was stretched thin, forcing the general to explore opportunities to replenish his forces. When Burgoyne learned of horses and supplies in Bennington, Vermont south of his position and east of the Hudson River the 55-year-old commander divided his army, sending German, British, Loyalist, and Native American forces toward Bennington under the leadership of Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum.

As Baum's troops moved southeast, local militia units learned of his activity and began to prepare for action as the bulk of the American forces in the area pulled back under attack by Burgoyne's vanguard. Baum sent couriers to Burgoyne asking for reinforcements as additional intelligence indicated a force of militiamen he referred to them as "uncouth militia" gathered to stop him…"
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