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"Battle of Saratoga"
by Dennis Alberts

GENRE
history, docu-drama

CHARACTERS
1 announcer,  1 narrator,  13 men

COMPLETE SCRIPT LENGTH
10 pages on 8" x 10"

INTEREST LEVEL
Juvenile and General

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About the author:  
About the author;  Married with two children.  Enjoys writing articles on the Civil War, as well as radio scripts, acting in Christian videos, amateur radio and skeet shooting.
Author Comments:
Author's comments;  This would script would be a good for teaching history or for producing by students.  A fitting topic to be broadcast/played during a Holiday.
For information regarding this script contact:

Phone:  219-269-2976

By Dennis Alberts

Email:  dalberts@kconline.com

 

Summary of Production Script

 


Excerpt from Production Script
Battle of Saratoga

by Dennis Alberts

 

MUSIC: UP AND ESTABLISH. DRUMS, BUGLES, ETC.

ANNCR: AThis is the story of the surrender of General John Burgoyne, the British Military commander at Saratoga, New York. Saratoga, the turning point in the War for Independence, is situated in upper state New York along the route that General Burgoyne took from Canada.@

MUSIC: UP AND ESTABLISH. MILITARY DRUM ROLL

ANNCR: AOn October 17, 1777, General John Burgoyne surrendered his entire command to the American General, Gates. The tide of the war was now in the American=s favor.@

MUSIC: UP AND ESTABLISH. TRADITIONAL

NARR: AThis is William McFaden, corporal in the army of Benedict Arnold. William has been in the army for nearly two years. For most of the two years, he, along with the entire Northern Continental Army, had been on the retreat from defeat after defeat. William was tired and demoralized. Especially after hearing how the British, under the command of General Burgoyne, had decimated the American General St. Clair at Ticonderoga.@

SOUND: MED, HORSES, CARTS, TRAVVELING THROUGH MUD ON A ROCKY ROAD

SOLDIER: AWill, you look like you=re asleep.@

Will: AWhat? O. sorry. Ever since we have been retreating from Ticonderoga nothing seems to matter.@

MUSIC: UP ESTABLISH UNDER OUT. TRANSITIONAL

NARR: AGeneral St. Clair, once a British Army officer, was in command of 2,300 Continentals and 900 militiamen, at Ticonderoga. General Burgoyne had 6,700 infantry, 600 artillerymen, 250 dismounted German dragoons, 650 Canadians and Tories and 138 cannon. On July 5, 1777, St. Clair wisely orders retreat.@

St Clair: (To his officers). AGentlemen, we can no longer hold this fort. I am ordering an immediate retreat. General Allen will lead his army southeast. General Arnold, you will head south to Lake Champlain. I will advance west.@

SOUND: CANNON ROAR, HORSES RUNNING, SHOTS, SCREAMS, BUGLES

NARR: AThe army of St. Clair split and fled. However, the command of General Allen was almost destroyed by the British at Hubbardton, Vermont. General Schuyler, an American general, was in the vicinity and intervened. Thus, the British were momentarily halted, and Allen was able to escape.@

BRIT. OFFICER: ALeftennant, call for a retreat. They=ll escape, but we will pursue them.@

NARR: AIn the meantime, the forces under General St. Clair were also attacked and almost destroyed.@

SOUND: MEN RUNNING WILDLY THROUGH WOODS, SHOTS SCREAMS

SOLDIER: AWe=re beaten. Run for your lives.@

AM. OFFICER: AFall back. Everyone fall back.@

ST. CLAIR: ALet=s get out of here before we are completely obliterated.@

NARR: AThe survivors joined the army of Schuyler or else returned to the fray. Only the command under General Arnold retreated to safety. Thus Ticonderoga was a devastating defeat to the rag tag Americans. To the thousands of American soldiers, the cause of the war seemed far away.@

MUSIC: UP ESTABLISH UNDER AND OUT TRANSITIONAL

NARR: AThe Continental Congress was furious over the fiasco of Ticonderoga. St. Clair was removed from his command, and for a period of time, faced execution.@

SPK. HS: AThe ay=s have it.@

SOUND: GAVEL BEING STRUCK, CROWD MUMBLES APPROVAL

SPK. HS: ASchuyler is now in command of the American Army in the north.@

MUSIC: UP AND ESTABLISH, UNDER AND OUT TRANSITIONAL

NARR: ABurgoyne now was riding on a dream that he would defeat the retreating rag tag Americans. However, Gentleman Johnny was soon to be dealt a hard blow. Not by the retreating Americans, but by the patriots in the Mohawk Valley. Burgoyne underestimated the strength of the patriots and sent in General St. Leger to secure the area. St. Leger too though Fort Stanwix would be easy to capture.@

SOUND: DRUMS, MARCHING ARMY, HORSES

ST. LEGER: AWhat is the date aide?@

AIDE: AAugust the 3rd, Sir.@

ST. LEGER: AA good day for a victory. Leftennant, we=re going to show these rebels our strength. Perhaps they will contemplate surrender before their demise.@

NARR: AIn Fort Stanwix, Colonel Willett and Colonel Gansevoort, prepare for the siege.@

WILLETT: AHe thinks to frighten us by showing his forces. He=ll be surprised at our strength.@

SOUND: CANNON FIRING, SHOTS, CRIES, DRUMS, BUGLES, MEN RUNNING, HORSES RUNNING

NARR: ASince the British Army was now split into two halves, the American general, Nicholas Herkimer attempted to defeat St. Leger and rescue Ft. Stanwix. However, St. Leger learned of the approaching American Army aand sent out 400 Indians and Tories to repell them.@

MUSIC: UP ESTABLISH VIOLENT AND LOUD

SOUND: SHOTS, EXPLOSIONS, RUNNING MEN AND HORSES. CANNON FIRING

NARR: AThe battle was bloody and fierce. For nearly two hours the horrendous battle was waged in hand-to hand combat. Finally, the Americans were forced to retreat down the Mohawk Valley. Although the Americans did not complete their mission, they sent terror through the hearts of St. Leger and his men.@

 

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