Hessian Rock

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Engraved natural boulder marking the route of part of the "Convention Army" - so called - who surrendered to American forces at the Battle of Saratoga. The boulder is located at Hessian Lane and Elm Street, in New Salem, Massachusetts.

The prisoners from the Battle of Saratoga (N.Y.) were divided into three groups and escorted by local militia troops (mostly) to imprisonment in Boston. The groups were created so one large group passing through an area would not strip their route in passing of food and other resources. The group that passed by the route commemorated with this marker had taken the “northern route.”

The inscription reads:
Oct 25th 1777
1000 Hessians who surrendered
at Saratoga Passed Here

About This Item

Date

October 25, 1777

Description

Boulder marker

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Collection

Citation

Dennis Picard, “Hessian Rock,” Revolution Happened Here, accessed September 20, 2021, https://revolutionhappenedhere.org/items/show/24.

Transcription

Oct 25th 1777
1000 Hessians who surrendered
at Saratoga Passed Here

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