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Burgoyne, John (1722-1792) A State of the Expedition from Canada, as Laid Before the House of Commons...

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08975.01 Author/Creator: Burgoyne, John (1722-1792) Place Written: London, England Type: Book Date: 1780 Pagination: 1 vol. : 140 p. : plates : ill. : maps ; 26.5 x 23 cm.

Summary of Content: Title continues, "...by Lieutenant-General Burgoyne, and verified by evidence ; with a collection of authentic documents, and an addition of many circumstances which were prevented from appearing before the House by the prorogation of Parliament ; written and collected by himself." Printed for J. Almon, 1780. First Edition, with six engraved maps and battle plans, engraved by William Faden. Modern half calf preserving original marbled boards. Burgoyne's chief defense of his conduct as the commander of the British expedition proceeding southward from Canada in 1777. Intending to cut the New England states off from the rest of rebellious America, the expedition ended in disaster at Saratoga, where American forces defeated Burgoyne and forced his surrender. In this book, Burgoyne defends his leadership and claims that the forces given him were inadequate for the task. Tipped into the book after the title page is an autograph letter signed by Burgoyne (see GLC08975.02 for description). Four clippings regarding Burgoyne are pasted into the front of the book. Maps present in the book: 1. "A Map of the Country in which the Army under Lieutenant General Burgoyne acted in the campaign of 1777, showing the marches of the Army and the places of the principal actions." 2. "Plan of the Action at Huberton under Brigadier Genl. Frazer supported by Major Genl Reidesel, on the 7th July 1777…" 3. "Position of the Detachment under Lieutenant Colonel Baum at Walmscock near Bennington showing the attacks of the enemy on the 26th August 1777." 4. "Plan of the Encampment and position of the Army under his excellency. Lieutenant General Burgoyne at swords house on Hudson's River near Stillwater on September 17th with the positions of that part of the Army engaged on the 19th Sept. 1777." 5. "Plan of the Encampment and position of the Army under his excellency Lieutenant General Burgoyne at Braemus Heights on Hudson's River near Stillwater, on the 20th Sept. With the Position of the Detachment & c. in the Action of the 7th of Octr and the Position of the Army on the 8th of Octr 1777." 6. "Plan of the Position which the Army under Lt Genl Burgoine took at Saratoga on the 10th of September 1777 and in which it remained till the Convention was signed."

Background Information: John Burgoyne was a British General during the American Revolution, best know for "Burgoyne's Offensive" his failed invasion of Canada, which was halted by his defeat at Saratoga.

People: Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsCanadaBattle of SaratogaBattleContinental ArmySurrenderConvention ArmyPrisoner of War

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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