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Auction 189, Lot 241

Important Revolutionary War Map of the 2nd Battle of Saratoga

"Plan of the Position Which the Army Under Lt. Genl. Burgoine Took at Saratoga on the 10th of September 1777, and In Which It Remained Till the Convention Was Signed", Faden, William

Subject: Colonial Saratoga, New York, Revolutionary War

Period: 1780 (dated)

Publication: A State of the Expedition from Canada…

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 8.6 inches
47.5 x 21.8 cm
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The second battle of Saratoga proved to be the demise of Lt. General Burgoyne’s campaign as the British troops surrendered to General Horatio Gates on October 17th, 1777. This major turning point strongly contributed to the formation of the Franco-American alliance, which eventually assured the success of the Americans.

The map, with north oriented to the right, shows the British troops just north of Fish Kill. Gates' army is depicted on the south bank of Fish Kill while Dan Morgan’s riflemen are shown to the north and west of the British positions. The map uses hand color to depict the troop positions and is from John Bourgoine's A State of the Expedition from Canada. 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 (Biblio) #57; Nebenzahl (American Revolution) #23.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with chips at the top left and bottom right corners of the sheet that have been skillfully reattached (impacting only a small portion of the map border). Two edge tears at top that just enter the image have also been archivally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 9/14/2022