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#419 - Horatio Gates

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Strategy and tactics in the Revolutionary War

Former British soldier (1727–1806) who served as an American general during the Revolutionary War, controversially taking credit for the victory at Saratoga. Revolutionary War–dated ALS, one page, 7.5 x 11.5, March 19, 1777. Letter to a gentleman. In part: “I…send the bearer with the company under his command. They are to take post at Newtown until further orders; as your regiment is in the utmost want of your presence to give it life & motion, I think you may deliver the order & instructions necessary to Captain Bicker of Colonel Patton’s Regt and come yourself to Philadelphia, to put your regiment in proper order to serve the ensuing campaign.” Intersecting folds and scattered staining, otherwise fine condition. This is a fascinating letter that offers insight into Gates's tactics as a military commander—in addition to discussing strategic positioning of his forces, he recognizes the importance of troop morale on their performance, recalling the recipient so that he can reinvigorate his men. The year 1777 would be a major turning point for Gates, as Congress gave him command of the Northern Department later that summer, removing General Philip Schuyler from his command after losing Fort Ticonderoga. This positioned Gates for his role at Saratoga—although he left the direction of the battle to subordinates, General Gates received a great deal of credit as the commanding general for what was the greatest American victory of the war to date. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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