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The Van Schaick Mansion - October 2001

 

The Van Schaick Mansion is one of the most historic homes in New York State. The mansion is located on Van Schaick Island at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers at Cohoes, New York.

One of the earliest examples of a building with a gambrel roof in the Upper Hudson Valley, the mansion has many of its original features intact.

The house was used as military headquarters during the French and Indian War. The mansion later served as military headquarters during the American Revolution. Generals Montgomery, Schuyler, Gates, Stark, Morgan, Gansevoort, St. Clair, and Benedict Arnold planned the Battle of Saratoga at the mansion.

In the days leading up to the battle, 5,000 Continental soldiers were garrisoned around the mansion. At this same time, Colonel Thaddeus Kosciusko constructed the breastworks located on adjacent Peebles Island.

General Burgoyne and 20 of his staff officers were brought to the mansion before being returned to Albany as prisoners of war.

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