The First Battle of Saratoga: The Battle of Freeman's Farm
On 19 September 1777 the British reconnaissance columns made contact with the American Light Infantry Corps under Colonel Daniel Morgan and the Continental Brigades of Brigadier Generals Ebenezer Learned and Enoch Poor. The battle took place in the clearing around the farm of Loyalist John Freeman.
The Americans initiated fires at about noon with the expert marksmanship of Colonel Morgan's Virginia Riflemen, picking off all of the officers around the cabin on Freeman's Farm. The ensuing battle raged back and forth until nightfall, when the American forces were finally forced to break contact. At the close of the battle, Lieutenant General John Burgoyne, commander of the British forces at the battle, held the field.