Brigadier-General SIMON FRASER,
24th Regiment

Simon Fraser was the youngest son of Hugh Fraser of Balnain. He was Lieutenant Colonel of the 24th Regiment of Foot, and given the rank of "Brigadier General, in America only" in 1776. He was commander of General John Burgoyne's elite Advance Corps in the campaign from Canada in 1777, commanding the British grenadier battalion, British light infantry battalion, the 24th Regiment, the company of British marksmen (commanded by his nephew, Captain Alexander Fraser), Indians, and companies of British artillery, Canadian militia, and Loyalists. He was mortally wounded during the Second Battle of Saratoga (October 7, 1777), reputedly by Private Timothy Murphy of Colonel Daniel Morgan's Riflemen. He was brought to the Taylor House, a building used by Baroness Frederika von Riedesel and her three daughters, and placed upon a bed. In her memoir she wrote that:

I heard him often exclaim, between moans, "Oh, fatal ambition! Poor General Burgoyne! My poor wife." Prayers were said, then he asked General Burgoyne to have him buried at six O'clock in the evening, on a hill, which was a sort of redoubt.

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Saratoga, NY

Fraser's plaque was dedicated almost 210 years after he died. Even today, the exact site of his burial is disputed. This plaque is placed about two miles west of the area of his burial, on Saratoga National Historical Park's visitor centre lawn, overlooking the Battlefield.

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