SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. — New York Army National Guard Soldiers memorialized a Revolutionary War soldier killed during the Battle of Saratoga and buried on the battlefield 245 years ago, on Wednesday October 19 at the Veterans Administration cemetery near the battlefield.

A nine-Soldier detail provided military honors -to include a firing party- during a ceremony marking the placement of a memorial marker commemorating Continental Army Private Oliver Barrett.

Barrett, a member of the 10th Massachusetts Regiment, died at age 51 on Oct. 7, 177, during one of two major clashes during the Battle of Saratoga.

“It is historic,” said the New York Army National Guard state senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. David Piwowarski. “It really made me think about our American history at the time of the Revolution, and what Soldiers like Oliver Barrett had to endure and sacrifice for their country and their cause.”

Although Barrett’s remains are lost, the Veterans Administration allows markers honoring those whose remains are lost to be placed at national cemeteries.

Barrett’s fifth time over great granddaughter Ann Lord, and her husband Steve, who live in Peterborough, New Hampshire, arranged to have a marker honoring Barrett placed at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, just about three miles from the battlefield site at Saratoga National Historic Park.

“It doesn’t matter if somebody gave up their life 245 years ago or yesterday. That’s a valuable thing to remember,” Ann said.

Nine other Revolutionary War Soldiers are memorialized at the cemetery, but Barrett is the first who fought and died at the historic battle which took place nearby.