Battle Hill

The Battle of Fort Anne took place on Battle Hill on July 8, 1777.  It was the most important battle that occurred in Washington County, and it was also one of the most hotly contested conflicts of the Revolution.

According to the journal of Lt. William Digby of the Shropshire Regiment, “They were handsome, (a flag), 13 stripes alternate red and white, with thirteen stars, in the blue field representing a new constellation.”  This journal entry led to the belief that the Stars & Stripes were first flown in Fort Ann.

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Latitude: 43.423962 Longitude: -73.483406 Elevation: 124 ft
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Fort Ann Historical Society

Don't Miss This When Visiting

A cast bronze plaque in the rock face of Battle Hill on Route 4 was placed during the 150th anniversary celebration in 1927, commemorating the Battle of Fort Anne.

Related Sites Or Experiences

Fort Ticonderoga

Rogers Island

Saratoga NHP

Bennington Battlefield

Suggested Further Reading

“Fort Ann: 300 Years of History”

Additional Notes And Comments

The Battle Hill marker is 1/8 mile north of the Village of Fort Ann. Please visit the Fort Ann Historical Society at the Old Stone House Library, 36 George St. for information about Battle Hill, and DO NOT attempt to hike the hill or walk up Rt. 4. Much of the land is PRIVATE PROPERTY. There is no pull-off for the Battle Hill marker and this is home to many rattlesnake dens.

Comments

I remember climbing the small hill to the battle marker as a child in the early 1950's. There was a great view of the canal and the mountains of Vermont on a clear day. This web site brought back fond memories of Bullard's Orchards, watching the locks of the canal and the history of the area. I do not get back to upstate often, but will definitely visit the battle field museum the next time I am in NY. Thanks for the memories

Tom Moser, 2/3/2015

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