This Day In History: 1777-09-17

War of American Independence. Battle of Freeman’s Farm. In a bitterly hard-fought battle, British Army under General Burgoyne retains the field but suffers serious and ultimately fatal attrition of its regular officers and soldiers. The flank companies of the 47th Foot (later 1st Loyals) have duty behind the British right flank and are fortunate to suffer few casualties.