Elting, John R. Foreword by Anthony Wayne Tommell and Michael Phillips.
Title THE BATTLES OF SARATOGA.
Publisher Philip Freneau, Monmouth Beach, NJ, 1977.
Seller ID 18057
96 pp, 4to (12 1/8" H), hard cover (green cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold lettering and image of soldier on front board) - no dust jacket. Errata slip tipped in at rear. B&w maps/battle plans. "Historians and students of the Burgoyne Cam paigns have, for over 125 years, referred to the Battles of Saratoga as the most decisive series of engagements of the American Revolution....Yet, with all its acknowledged importance, the campaign remains one of the least accurately portr a y e d a n d m ost poorly researched in American history....To do battle with (the) myriad of myths, inaccuracies, and misinterpretations, Colonel John R. Elting brings an impressive arsenal of professional historical skills and background knowle dg e. .. .i t i s no t s urprising that his analysis of the practical problems of campaigning and logistics in the Northern Department is masterful. Supply and transportation problems played a major role in Burgoyne's defeat. By using 'Mad Johnn y' M'A lpi ne' s 'Na rr ati ve ' - extensively yet critically and in balance with a number of other primary sources - these problems are brought into proper perspective...(Colonel Elting dissects) the role of the British artillery on Sugar Loaf Hil l ( Moun t De fian ce ) in th e ev acu atio n of Fort Ticonderoga, the effect of the death of Jane McCrea on the mustering of the American militia against Burgoyne, and the tactical importance of the terrain west of the American fortified lines nea r th e Nei lson Farm. ( He) b ring s new pri mary source material to bear upon the investigation of the Burgoyne Campaign. 'A Military Journal' - thought to be written by Richard Pope (an officer of the 47th Regiment of Foot) and the 'Memoirs' o f E. Schuel er vo n Send en ( a Brun swick offic er of the Regiment von Specht) add fresh and valuable information." From the Foreword. Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown. Very Good+