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Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1777BurgoyneTiconderoga.jpg">Boston Public Library</a>
Detail of 1780 map showing area around Fort Ann during Gen. John Burgoyne's 1777 Saratoga campaign. Photo: Boston Public Library

Summer dig planned for NY Revolutionary War site

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological team from Binghamton University will excavate a Revolutionary War battle site located on a hill where a businessman wants to build a mine.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the archaeologists will conduct excavations this summer on Battle Hill in the Washington County town of Fort Ann, near the Vermont border 55 miles northeast of Albany.

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Continental Army troops and British redcoats fought the Battle of Fort Anne on the hill in July 1777. The redcoats won but were defeated three months later at the Battles of Saratoga.

A Connecticut businessman owns property on the hill and has applied to build a quarry there.

Officials and veterans in Fort Ann helped secure a federal battlefield protection grant to define and map where the battle lines were located during the engagement.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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