Old Burying Grounds


According to tradition, after the Battles of Saratoga about 100 bodies were loaded on wagons, brought to Salem’s burial ground and placed in an unmarked mass grave. No documentation confirms that this was done, but the notes of Dr. Asa Fitch, Salem's first historian, show that James Tomb of Salem was a teamster at the battle and responsible for removing bodies. Furthermore, no battleground records show any burial ground in the Saratoga area for American dead. Historical records tell us that the British were buried on the battle ground. The question remains: Where were the American dead buried?


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