Stanley, George F.G., Lt. Col., edited and with introduction by. Signed.
Title FOR WANT OF A HORSE: BEING A JOURNAL OF THE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE AMERICANS IN 1776 AND 1777 CONDUCTED FROM CANADA, BY AN OFFICER WHO SERVED WITH LT. GEN. BURGOYNE.
Publisher Tribune Press, Sackville, N.B., 1961, first edition.
Seller ID 16859
194 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Fold-out map. SIGNED BY STANLEY ON TITLE PAGE. "On October 17, 1777 General John Burgoyne, 'Gentleman Johnny', surrendered to Horatio Gates's American army at Saratoga. It was the humiliat ing end of a campaign which promised, in the spring of 1777, to bring the Revolutionary War to an end. More than anything else, the defeat of Burgoyne ensured the success of the American rebellion. During the nineteenth century various c o n t e m p o r a r y accounts of Burgoyne's expedition were published; but the existence of still another account by a British officer, in the library of the United States Military Academy, was ignored. This account is now printed for the first ti me , th ro wi ng n ew l ig ht upon and adding new interest to the story of Burgoyne's ill-fated exploits of 1777. The publication of this journal has afforded the editor an opportunity of rewriting the Burgoyne story in a way which explains the f act or s b ehi nd the Br iti sh def eat and the American victory. He concludes that Burgoyne lost his campaign, not because of any basic weakness in the original plan or faulty handling of his men in battle, but because of a breakdown in the civil ian tra nspo rt s yst em. The re w ere , of course, other factors which Lt.-Col. Stanley brings out in his Introduction, but he regards the logistical factor as the most significant...." Previous owners small stamp on front endpapers, light to mo dera te e dge w ear, mino r so iling on f ore- edge of textblock, book lightly cocked. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few small tears (some with creases) and tiny chips, light browning to spine and flap-folds, light soili ng ma rks o n rear pane l. V G/G