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[Plan of the battles of Saratoga]

This highly important manuscript plan of the Battle of Saratoga is signed by Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the great heroes of that battle. In September 1777 Kościuszko was instrumental in securing the great American victory over General Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga, which is regarded as the turning point of the war. The map shows all of the major elements of the battlefield, and was most likely produced toward the end of the war or shortly thereafter. The note in Polish at the base (on a separate, tipped on slip of paper) states that "the map is drawn in Kościuszko's own hand" (loosely translated), and suggests that he presented it to a fellow emigre, a number of whom served with the Continental Army.

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Creator

Kościuszko, Tadeusz, 1746-1817

Date

[1777]

Name on Item

T. Kosciuszko.

Scale

Scale not given

Language

Polish

Location

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Collection (local)

Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection at Mount Vernon

Subjects
  • Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • New York (State)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • New York
  • North and Central America
  • Saratoga (county)
  • United States
Extent

1 map : hand colored ; 31 x 20 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
Notes
  • Oriented with north towards the lower right.
  • Relief shown by hachures.
  • Includes text.
  • In Polish.
  • This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence http://d2o8owo4k087al.cloudfront.net/index.html?mapId=73.

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