Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne
by F. J. Hudleston

Very funny and informative. Hudleston is opinionated, sarcastic, and a good writer. I disagree with many of his prejudices (pro-standing army, pro-George Washington, pro-Burgoyne, anti-Gates, anti-Lee) but agree with others (anti-politicians, anti-Germain). He rightly questions the idea that the British could reasonably have hoped to control the Hudson had Burgoyne succeeded in meeting Howe at Albany. Burgoyne knew about the guerilla tactics used by Americans before he took command in Canada, but he was a better strategist on paper than he was on land. He was too macho to retreat when he should have, so he pretended to be limited by his orders.

Year Read: 1979


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