October 17

1777 British General Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga. The British had planned to separate New England from the rest of the colonies by capturing the Hudson River valley. This ended the plan and was a turning point in the War for Independence.

1779 The American Army under the leadership of General George Washington opens their winter camp at Morristown, New Jersey. The winter of 1778 is one of the worst ever and Washington’s troops spend another winter with few supplies. Morale is low and there are desertions as well as attempts at mutiny.

1781 As Yorktown is about to be taken, the British send out a flag of truce. Washington and Cornwallis begin to determine the terms of surrender.

Celebrated Birth:
Jacob Broom (b. 1752 – April 25, 1810) Delaware member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the Constitution.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period goto: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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