The Battle of Fort Washington
The Battle of Fort Washington was fought of November 16th, 1776 in New York. The British went to capture the fort which was the last American stronghold of Manhattan, after a victory at the Battle of White Plains. General Washington ordered Colonel Magaw to abandon the fort and retreat to New Jersey with his troops. He did not retreat, because he believed they could hold off the British onslaught. Before Washington could arrive to help, the British attacked the fort. Overtaking it quickly, the British forced Magaw to surrender. 59 Americans were killed and 2,837 were taken as prisoners of war. Afterwords, Washington and his army were chased from New Jersey into Pennsylvania by the British.
The Battles of Saratoga
The Battles of Saratoga took place on September 19th and October 7th, 1777. The battles were regarded as a turning point of the Revolutionary War. The battles began when Burgoyne attempted to flank American forces on Bemis Heights. The attack was anticipated by Benedict Arnold who placed significant forces in his way. After 2 long fought battles the American forces made General Burgoyne and his army surrender and captured a portion of British defenses.