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Saratoga Battle encampment includes portrayal of women

“The Women Barefoot, Clothed in Dirty Rags,” a presentation by re-enactor Jenna Schnitzer, will be part of this weekend’s “Revolutionary War Grand Encampment” in Saratoga Springs.
Photographer: Jenna Schnitzer
“The Women Barefoot, Clothed in Dirty Rags,” a presentation by re-enactor Jenna Schnitzer, will be part of this weekend’s “Revolutionary War Grand Encampment” in Saratoga Springs.
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Around 16,000 soldiers clashed just east of Saratoga Lake during the late summer/early fall of 1777, and while men bore the brunt of the battle, there were plenty of women around with a vested interest in the outcome. The Battle of Saratoga, as it would later be called, actually consisted of two separate engagements: Freeman’s Farm on Sept. 19 and then Bemis Heights on Oct. 7. And, when British General John Burgoyne surrendered his entire ...

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