FORT ANN — Town historian Virginia Parrott says at least six bodies from the Revolutionary War era and beyond are buried near Route 4 in an area known as Battle Hill.
But the operators of a Mechanicville company, which is seeking to excavate rock from a 51.5-acre parcel located about 1.2 miles northeast of the village of Fort Ann, says its property is free of Revolutionary War remains.
The battle site is historically significant, Parrott says, because it is where Colonial troops delayed British Gen. John Burgoyne’s advance to Saratoga, helping to ensure an American victory at the Battles of Saratoga in the fall of 1777.
“That whole hill is a battle site,” Parrott said. “There was thousands of troops there. We’re not talking about a little group of soldiers … like Roger’s Rangers that went out with 10 or 12 people. We’re talking about Burgoyne’s entire army.”
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