The only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil took place here, the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, at 7 am on July 7, 1777. An American rear guard, under Col. Seth Warner, engaged with the British, allowing the main Northern Department American Army retreating from Mount Independence (Orwell, VT) and Fort Ticonderoga to safely travel southward. The British held the field after the fight, technically winning the battle, but their losses were so heavy that they gave up chasing the American Army along this route. This battle was the beginning of the end for British Gen. John Burgoyne and his plan to split New England off from the rest of the American states. The saved American Army fought to victory the next month at the Battle of Bennington (August 16) and Battles of Saratoga (in October/a turning point in the Revolution). The site has one of the oldest Revolutionary War battle monuments in the country (erected in 1859), a trail around the battlefield, a small museum with a narrated fiber optic map showing the course of the battle and more, a museum shop, restrooms, and picnic tables. The site is open seasonally, late May to mid October, Thursday through Sundays and Monday holidays, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Modest admission fee, children under 15 free. Season highlight is weekend Revolutionary War battle living history encampment in early July. Other smaller special events throughout season.