The Fort Ticonderoga Author Series features authors of recent books related to the history of Ticonderoga and the surrounding region. September 8: Author Eric Schnitzer, an interpreter and historian at Saratoga National Historical Park, talks about his book Campaign to Saratoga-1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Native. The Battles of Saratoga are cited as a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Beginning when the armies prepared to face off in June 1777 through the surrender of the British Army in October, the battles of the Northern Campaign were significant to the outcome of the War and the fight for independence. As a result of the Saratoga battles, the patriots gained confidence, the French entered the war, and the British plan to win the war quickly was put to an end.