Baum Site 23 Part I: Rain Day
Burgoyne had received Baum’s August 14th dispatch, and by dawn on the morning of August 15th over 500 troops with two 6-pound cannons, were dispatched to assist Baum. Under the Command of Brunswick Lieutenant Colonel Heinrich Christoph Breymann, this detachment had to travel the same route Baum had covered, but the heavy rain delayed their march. The heavy rain also prevented Stark from leading an attack against Baum, although Rebel sharpshooters were spotted behind trees by Baum and his men. Baum used the opportunity to reinforce and enhance his position.
The Dragoons were posted at the top of the hill, which is why it is later dubbed “Hessian Hill.” Breastworks of logs and mud were constructed on the northwest corner of the hill, where the hill was less steep and vulnerable from enemy attack. Baum and the Indians were with the baggage at the bottom of the hill, guarding the road from where they had come the day before. A quickly constructed fortification was established on the southeast perimeter, on the opposite side of the single-span bridge. The Loyalists occupied this fortification, which is why it is later dubbed the Tory or Loyalist Fort. Baum posted the artillery behind the Loyalist Fort on the other side of the Walloomsac, above where the train tracks cross Caretaker Road.