Saratoga Square Park, the second largest park in historic Bedford-Stuyvesant, takes its name from Saratoga Avenue just to the east, which was itself named in 1835 for the Revolutionary War Battles of Saratoga, New York on September 19 and October 7, 1777. On September 19, 1777, the British army, thanks to crucial help from German mercenary reinforcements and American ammunition shortages, narrowly defeated the American army at Freeman Farm, near the American camp. British General Burgoyne’s victory was short-lived, however, for reinforcements on the American side, a weakening British army, and diminishing British supplies combined to set the stage for American victory.
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T he vandalized war memorial in Saratoga Park is being recreated and restored. By referencing historical photographs, archival documents, and the recovered pieces of the bronze figure, the memorial’s stolen sculpture and honor rolls will be recreated using new plaster molds, and recast in bronze on the original pedestal. The granite sections of the pedestal will be cleaned, the masonry joints will be repointed, and the monument will be reset on a new concrete foundation.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2014
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