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The development of a motion picture that evocatively and compellingly tells the story of the Battles of Saratoga in a way that rivals iconic masterpieces such as “Last of the Mohicans”, “Dances with Wolves”, “Glory”, and “Saving Private Ryan”. This film will aim to vividly depict the dramatic events and autumn grandeur that set New York’s Upper Hudson Valley ablaze in 1777.
To my fellow veterans: Your help is urgently needed to complete an important mission. We can’t do it without you. We need to share our Revolutionary War history and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the turning point of the American War for Independence.
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What could be better than America’s veterans and fellow patriots banding together to tell the compelling story of the turning point of the American War for Independence? Please spread the word. Your help will be the difference as I simply can’t do this without you. Together, we can do this.
The compelling story of how citizen soldiers rallied to reinforce the American Army in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley and heroically helped save the American War for Independence in the Fall of 1777.
Calling All Veterans & Patriots
Hello, I’m Mark O’Rourke. I’m a proud United States Army veteran and history buff.
I’d like to briefly share some of my background so that you can hopefully gain a clear sense as to why I urgently need the help of my fellow veterans as well as from my fellow patriots across the nation. I sincerely want to establish an ironclad trust with you by sharing who I am and why I have an important mission that I am asking my fellow veterans and patriots across the nation to help me complete.
As an attorney and veteran, I have proudly taken numerous oaths to support and defend The Constitution of the United States. And, I rightfully take these solemn pledges and ethical obligations very seriously.
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Timeline of Events
The Turning Point of the Revolution
Saratoga is one of the most important victories in both western civilization and world history.
In 1777, the American Revolution was on the brink of collapse. The British had delivered crushing defeats to the American Army at Quebec and Long Island that left them in control of Canada to the North and New York City to the South. They devised a complex plan to help end the rebellion once and for all which called for the British army to seize control of the entirety of the State of New York.
With a renewed vigor, militias from all across New England and New York converged and poured in to a small town along the Hudson River, Saratoga. In a miraculous event, the Americans delivered a stunning defeat to the British. For the first time, the mightiest army in the world had surrendered to the newest. Ceremoniously, British General John Burgoyne was forced to hand over his sword to American General Horatio Gates.
Don’t the soldiers who played crucial roles in the decisive Battles of Saratoga deserve to be recognized? These heroes demonstrated remarkable courage during this pivotal moment in history as they answered the call when their nation needed them most. Countless patriots served and sacrificed on the hallowed ground above the Upper Hudson River in the early autumn of 1777. Shouldn’t this incredible victory be brought to the widest possible audience?
Gen. John Burgoyne arrives in Canada with British reinforcements.
February – March 1777
Gen. John Burgoyne submits his battle plans, which are ultimately approved on March 2, 1776.
June 30, 1777
British forces appear near Fort Ticonderoga.
July 5, 1777
American forces evacuate peacefully, and the British take control of the fort.
Burgoyne attempts to raid the supply depot in Bennington, Vermont and the British are ultimately defeated.
September 19, 1777
Burgoyne divides his army, numbering about 7,500, into three columns to probe American defenses at Freeman’s Farm. The British sustains heavy casualties, losing twice as many soldiers as the Americans. The American army is replenished and grows to 13,000 strong.
October 7, 1777
Burgoyne sends a reconnaissance force to attack Americans at Bemis Heights, but the patriots get wind of the plan and force the British to withdraw to their well-defended Balcarres Redoubt.
October 8, 1777
Burgoyne retreats and the British army attempts to escape north, but a cold, hard rain forces them to stop and encamp near the town of Saratoga. Hungry, weary, and out of options, they dig in and prepare to defend themselves.
October 13, 1777
The Americans have the British surrounded.
October 17, 1777
After negotiations, Burgoyne’s army surrenders. The American defeat of the British army lifted patriot morale, furthered the hope for independence, and helped to secure the foreign support needed to win the war.
To date, there has surprisingly not been a major motion picture or feature film that compellingly presents the fascinating story of the stirring triumph at Saratoga and its profound and enduing impact on American and world history. While iconic battles such as Bunker Hill, Lexington, Concord, Trenton, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, Midway, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and Iwo Jima are well-known, Saratoga’s singular importance – as the crucial victory which helped preserve America’s bold experiment in limited government – is unfortunately less understood. The complete victory that occurred in the Upper Hudson Valley in the early autumn of 1777 is nevertheless one of the most consequential victories in world history as its significance as the decisive turning point of the American War for Independence is transcended by the fact that it also marked the beginning of the end of centuries of repressive rule by despots and tyrants around the globe.
Key Facts About the Project
Veteran-owned and operated project advised by the nation’s most preeminent military historians and institutions.
Screenplay written by veteran industry screenwriter and was carefully composed to be faithful to the actual history.
May all of you, as Americans, never forget your heroic origins and never fail to seek divine guidance… We are forever indebted to those that have given their lives that we might be free.
— PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN