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How long did the Siege of Fort Stanwix last, and what ended the standoff?

August 3rd

stanwix-2August 3, 1777 — The Siege of Fort Stanwix officially began today as British forces surrounded the Continental army, preventing them from obtaining supplies and sent demands for surrender.

British General John Burgoyne led a large campaign, which involved capturing major forts along the Hudson Valley. Fort Stanwix happened to be located in the Great Carry, a route that connected the Hudson Valley with Lake Ontario and was seen as an important region to possess.

The siege ended 21 days after it began, when British forces retreated after American reinforcements used a ruse to convince St. Leger and his troops that a much larger force was arriving. Fort Stanwix remained in the control of the US Continental Army.

Words of Wisdom

Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white, on a blue field, representing a new constellation.

— The first official US flag was flown during battle on August 3, 1777, at Fort Schuyler. The Continental Congress adopted this resolution on June 14, 1777.

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