Musket fire cracking, black powder smoke curling in the air, food cooking over open fires, men in breeches and waistcoats, women in long skirts and capsthese are some of the sights, sounds, and smells of the Battle of Hubbardton Revolutionary War Encampment to be held this July 7-8 this year. This annual event at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates another anniversary of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. On the sultry early morning of July 7, 1777, American and British troops battled fiercely on the fields and hills of Hubbardton. Over 300 reenactors dedicated to history and authenticity will portray American and British forces. This year, the public will enjoy tactical and artillery demonstrations, camp life activities, courts martial, learning how to drill, guided camp and battlefield tours, a history scavenger hunt for all ages with small prizes for children, prisoner exchange, and sutlers row for a colonial shopping experience. The highlight of the battle weekend will be the reenactment of the battle. It was at the Battle of Hubbardton that the troops of British Gen. John Burgoyne first met the resistance and gallant bravery of American forces. Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire soldiers fought to halt the British army and allow the main American army under Gen. Arthur St. Clair to withdraw southward to safety from Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. Events at Hubbardton saved St. Clairs troops and led to the decisive American victory in October 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga, considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War.