This weekend the DAR is dedicating a marker to Gen. Horatio Gates at Trinity Church in New York. Gates was buried somewhere in the churchyard, but the exact location of his grave has been forgotten.
These days Gates is most famous for two things: his plummet from the hero of Saratoga in 1777 to the laughingstock of Camden in 1780, and his association with the Conway Cabal’s attempt to sabotage Washington’s command. It only took a few years, a series of disastrous miscalculations, and a generous dose of narcissism to send his career into a tailspin. He’s sort of like the M. Night Shyamalan of Rev War generals.
Some new and upcoming titles I find worthy of note:
I’m going to be completely broke by the end of the year.
Earlier I posted about an upcoming Saratoga study by John Luzader, due out soon from Savas Beatie. While visiting the publisher’s website, I just ran across an interview with Luzader, which is well worth reading. He speaks favorably of both Horatio Gates and Benjamin Lincoln, two generals that haven’t gotten much favorable press.
This book looks to be both a definitive account of the campaign and a provocative reassessment of some well-worn assumptions about the Revolutionary War. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.
Well, just when I’d been griping about the gaping holes in Revolutionary War historiography, some great news comes along. Savas-Beatie is bringing out a detailed work on Saratoga. Like SB’s Yorktown volume, this latest offering is the product of years of research in both archives and on the ground by a former National Park Service scholar.
This is a publisher that knows how to find and nurture good, solid manuscripts. They recently published the late Edward Cunningham’s acclaimed Shiloh dissertation, which I highly recommend. The forthcoming Saratoga book looks to be another must-read.