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Aruguably the most significant Colonel in the Battles of SaratogaFlamboyant Rowdy Troublemaker When you hear these words does a colonial in the military come to mind Well it should Colonel Daniel Morgan is arguably one of the most significant and influential figures in American Military History Morgan an old Indian fighter led a battalion of rowdy woodsmen dressed in long Indian-style hunting shirts each carrying a tomahawk and scalping knife along with his long rifle Morgan contributed greatly to the Saratoga Campaign because he and his men used partisan tactics to destroy the British morale as well as their offensive attacks The American victory at Saratoga was so significant that it became known as the turning point in the Revolution because the French and Spanish entered the war in support of the Americans Morgan was the man that made it happen In the Battle of Freemans Farm on 19 September 1777 Colonel Daniel Morgan proved to be a significant figure because he slowed the British approach On 31 August 1777 Morgans Corps of 578 riflemen was sent north to join up with General Granny Gates This proved to be a vital edition to the Continental Army On the morning of September 19 Morgans Corps moved out in two irregular lines to find and to harass Burgoynes men While Burgoyne was ascending the heights toward Freemans Farm Morgan and his men were already hiding quietly in the woods In no time a band of Canadian and Indian pickets under Major General Forbes emerged from the underbrush Morgan and his men immediately opened fire killing every British officer but one Morgan and his Corps frantically abandoned their cover and rushed after the fleeing British unit Reinforcements came to the aid of Forbes but they too panicked under the riflemens deadly accuracy causing them to fire wildly hitting many of their own men Hit and run was the name of the game for Morgan and his sharpshooters Although
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