Upstate NY town gets $45K US battlefield protection grant

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) – A rural upstate New York town located near the site of one of history’s most important battles is getting a $45,000 grant from the National Park Service.

Officials at Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater recently announced that the grant from the agency’s American Battlefield Protection Program has been awarded to the town of Greenwich, located across the Hudson River from the battlefield.

The redcoats’ advance south from Canada in the summer of 1777 was blocked at Bemis Heights at Stillwater. After two battles fought in September and October of that year, the British surrendered to the Americans. Many historians consider it the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

Officials in Greenwich plan to use the grant to research locations associated with the battles that should be considered for protection.

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