Auction 150, Lot 292

Important Revolutionary War Map

"Position of the Detachment Under Lieutt. Coll. Baum, at Walmstock Near Bennington Shewing the Attacks of the Enemy on the 16th August 1777", Faden, William

Subject: Vermont, Revolutionary War

Period: 1780 (dated)

Publication: A State of the Expedition from Canada…

Color: Hand Color

13.6 x 10.8 inches
34.5 x 27.4 cm

This detailed and uncommon battle plan shows the placement of British and American forces during the Battle of Benington in August of 1777. While one of the smaller battles of the war, it was a stunning example of Borgoyne’s poor planning. Borgoyne’s logistical issues stemmed from the fact that he had a long communication line with Canada. The raid was supposed to be a simple exercise to acquire supplies and enlist Tory support which would allow them to march on to Albany. However, the British didn’t realize that 1,500 American troops under Colonel Stark happened to be in the area and completely overwhelmed the much smaller British force including its commander, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Baum.

Faden's maps of the American Revolution are particularly well presented because he based them on manuscript maps supplied to him from the war zone.

References: Nebenzahl (American Revolution) #19; Nebenzahl (Biblio) #52; Phillips (A) #1337

Condition: B

Issued folding with moderate offsetting. There is a narrow margin at top left due to a binding trim, and an associated 1" binding tear has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $800 - $950


Closed on 9/17/2014