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The Battle of Hubbardton
Though not fought directly
upon Lake Champlain or Lake George, The Battle of Hubbardton rightly deserves mention within these pages.
For here among the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont
was fought one of the most successful "defeats"
in American history. This well planned rear-guard action,
while technically a defeat for the American forces,
accomplished what it was intended to do. It was the only
land battle of the American Revolution to take place
entirely on the soil of Vermont.
In early July, 1777 American forces were beating a hasty withdrawal from Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. It had been determined that the superior British force under General John Burgoyne would easily take the much smaller American army garrisoned at the Ticonderoga peninsula.
While the main body of American troops withdrew down the road to Castleton to fight another day, a gallant rear-guard remained behind to delay the British. This action would be known as the Battle of Hubbardton.
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