National Affairs: CAMPAIGN OF 1777

Just 175 years ago this week, General John Burgoyne launched the campaign which ended in the surrender of his entire British army. It was the turning point of the Revolution.

With 7,863 men, "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne planned to drive straight from Lake Champlain to Albany. There he would link up with two more armies; Sir William Howe's, moving north from New York, and Colonel Barry St. Leger's, sweeping east across the Mohawk Valley. The three-pronged attack aimed to crush the rebellion by separating New England from the other colonies.

After forcing the evacuation of Fort...

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