General John Burgoyne

General John Burgoyne

The British lost a key battle, in New York, during the early fall of 1777.  The opposing generals were John Burgoyne (for the British) and Horatio Gates (for the Americans).  John Trumbull memorialized the scene of surrender for a painting in the U.S. Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol's web site tells us: 

The scene of the surrender of the British General Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York, on October 17, 1777, was a turning point in the Revolutionary War that prevented the British from dividing New England from the rest of the colonies. The central figure is the American General Horatio Gates, who refused to take the sword offered by General Burgoyne, and, treating him as a gentleman, invites him into his tent. All of the figures in the scene are portraits of specific officers.

Media Credits

Image, engraving of Burgoyne by S. Hollyer. U.S. National Archives, image 148-GW-616.

Linked above:  Surrender of General Burgoyne, by John Trumbull.  Oil on canvas, 12 by 18 feet.  Commissioned 1817; purchased 1822; placed 1826.  Image, Architect of the Capitol web site.


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