New York Herald
The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga
The Battle of Saratoga took place in New York in 1777. This battle was considered as the turning point of the American Revolution and paved the way for American victory. Foreign influences, such as France, decided to ally with the Americans after this tremendous victory at Saratoga.
The battle consisted of two “rounds,” the first one taking place on September 19th, 1777. British General John Burgoyne commanded his army of 7500 to disperse into three sections of where the Americans were expected to be. The first section moved southwest, the second moved inland and south and the third protected British supplies and followed the river road. By the first days of October, the British army attacked and defeated the American troops. The struggle lasted days and left the British weak. This battle was a small but costly victory for the British.After waiting in vain for reinforcements and working to strengthen his army, General Burgoyne decided to attack the Americans one more time. This assault took place on October 7th, 1777. American General Benedict Arnold prepared his men for this assault and led his army to focus on various strong points. Americans forced the British to retreat back to Saratoga and the British surrendered ten days later.
It has been several days since the battle began. I have witnessed the death of several men including my friends. They say we are fighting to preserve our colony, yet will this battle bare beneficial fruit? The Americans believe we are the “enemy of freedom”. They talk and rave about freedom, but what exactly is freedom?
My whole life has been controlled by British society. How I yearn for this Hell to be over and to die in battle. No longer will I have to fight anymore. No longer will I disappoint my family back home. I will die a hero. Or as a memory. Dying in battle is better than living as a coward. I could not even bear the idea of being caught running away from battle.But I see that everything is ending. My pain suffering can end now. God bless Liberty. God bless America.
Self-portrait of John Trumbull
Completed in 1777.
Surrender of General Burgoyne
Completed in December of 1821 by John Trumbull.
Portrait of General John Burgoyne
Completed circa 1766 by Joshua Reynolds.