Lecture – “The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution”
November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, November 9 from 7 to 8 PM at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center for a lecture with Kevin J. Weddle on his book, The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution.
In the late summer and fall of 1777, after two years of indecisive fighting on both sides, the outcome of the American War of Independence hung in the balance. Having successfully expelled the Americans from Canada in 1776, the British were determined to end the rebellion and devised what they believed a war-winning strategy: sending General John Burgoyne south to rout the Americans and take Albany. When British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga on New York’s Lake Champlain with unexpected ease in July of 1777, it looked as if it was a matter of time before they would break the rebellion in the North. Less than three and a half months later, however, a combination of the Continental Army and militia forces commanded by Major General Horatio Gates and inspired by the heroics of Benedict Arnold, forced Burgoyne to surrender his entire army. The American victory at Saratoga—described by one general as “the Compleat“—stunned the world and changed the course of the war. In the end, British plans were undone by a combination of distance, geography, logistics, and an underestimation of American leadership and fighting ability.
Weddle will discuss some of the key events and themes from this pivotal event in US history based on accounts detailed in his new book, The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2021). The talk will be held in-person and will also be livestreamed. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing with the author will be held after the talk.
The event is free to attend but registration is required. Click here to register.
This event is hosted by the David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society.