Revolutionary War: Powder Horn Named to John Montgomery, Vermont Militia and Used in the Battles of Stillwater and Bemis Heights. The 11" horn has silver mounts on both ends. The silver mount by the butt cap is engraved, "Carried by John Montgomery, Vermont Militia, in service at the battles of Bemis Heights and Stillwater." The owner was Private John Montgomery of Laws Mills, Arlington Township, Vermont. The mount is also engraved with the name of the decedent of John Montgomery, who commissioned the addition of the silver mounts, Montgomery McIntosh Campbell. The butt cap has been lightly cleaned. In the center of the butt cap is a fitted two pronged copper piece with a wonderful patina that secured the strap for the powder horn.
    John Montgomery and the Vermont Militia were in the American Army under the command of General Horatio Gates when British General Sir John Burgoyne led his men toward the rebels at Stillwater, New York on the Hudson River September 19, 1777. Nearly three thousand men on each side clashed in battle that lasted into the night. The British lost five hundred men and the Americans lost four hundred. For the Americans to deny the British a clear victory was tantamount to an American victory. Regular and irregular troops swelled the American forces facing Burgoyne. When Burgoyne moved against the Americans on October 7, 1777 at Bemis Heights, New York, his troops were outnumbered two to one. The Battle of Bemis Heights was a clear American victory with Burgoyne losing four hundred men and the Americans losing one hundred-fifty men. The British started a disorganized retreat that would end with Burgoyne's surrender to General Gates at Saratoga.

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