In the year 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army under General Horatio Gates had surrounded the army of British General John Burgoyne in Saratoga County, New York. Burgoyne's men tried to break out of their position but were unsuccessful. On October 17 Burgoyne surrendered his army of roughly 6,000 men to Gates.
Many historians agree that this moment was the turning point of the war. This great American victory inspired the French to become active participants in the war. But while the citizens were celebrating, the American leadership had a dilemma on their hands -- what to do with this massive amount of prisoners
A convention was held between British and American leaders to decide their fate. The prisoners were then nicknamed the Convention Army. They were soon moved to Boston. After spending nearly a year in limbo near Boston it was decided to move the Convention Army to Virginia. In November of 1778 they began marching to their new home. While resupplying near the Hudson River a possible rescue attempt was made by the British forces occupying New York City. They quickly avoided this situation and marched on to New Jersey and into Hunterdon County.
While waiting to cross the Delaware the army was camped outside of Sherrard's Ferry (later Frenchtown). By this time their numbers had dropped to below 5,000 men due to escapes, prisoner exchanges and the wounded left in Boston. However, a force of nearly 5,000 must have been quite taxing on the locals as the entire population of Hunterdon County at the time was less than 20,000.
The Convention Army eventually made it across the Delaware and on to their final home for the remainder of the war near Charlottesville, VA -which can be seen in pic #1. Pic #2 is the route they took through NJ. Pic #3 is the surrender at Saratoga - the man in all white is Daniel Morgan, a Hunterdon native who will get his own post soon.
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