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Battle of SaratogaThe Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) decided the fate of British General John Burgoyne's army in the American War of Independence and is generally regarded as a turning point in the war. Two battles were fought eighteen days apart on the same ground, 9 miles south of Saratoga, New York.The first battle, on September 19, began when Burgoyne moved some of histroops in an attempt to flank the American position on Bemis Heights. Benedict Arnold, seeing the maneuver, placed forces in his way. While Burgoyne succeeded in gaining control of Freeman's Farm, it came at the cost of casualties. Fighting continued in the days following the battle, while Burgoyne waited in the hope thatreinforcements would arrive from New York City. Militia forces continued to arrive,reaching greater the size of the American army. Disputes within the American camp led Gates to strip Arnold of his command.