Burgoyne's Plan for Reconnaissance at Bemis Heights
Burgoyne planned a second advance in three columns, again as a center and two wings. The left column under Major Acland was to be his own grenadiers. The center column was to be commanded by Riedesel. This column would be made up of Brunswicker detachments, Breymann's jaegers, and the 24th Regiment of Foot. The right column was to be led by Major Balcarres and be composed of the remaining light infantry companies. Behind these columns the artillery pieces, 10 total, were moved.
The general composition of each of the three columns is outlined below:
|Burgoyne's 2nd Reconnaissance Forces|
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Major Acland||Major General von Riedesel||Major Balcarres|
|Major Acland's Grenadiers||Brunswicker Detachments
24th Regiment of Foot
|Remaining Light Infantry|
|Artillery - 10 Cannon : 6 six-pounders, 2 twelve-pounders, and 2 howitzers|
|Total 1,500 Regulars Plus 600 Auxiliaries|
Information on the strength of the British expedition at Bemis Heights is scarce. The numbers provided here are approximations based upon the historical research of COL John R. Elting published in The Battles of Saratoga as well as figures taken from other sources such as Wood, Boatner, and Furneaux.
See Unit Definitions for rough unit sizes.