Episode 071: Bruce M. Venter, Saratoga and Hubbardton, 1777

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Historians refer to the Battle of Saratoga as the “turning point” of the American Revolution.

They argue the Patriot Army’s defeat of British General John Burgoyne’s forces convinced the French to enter the War for Independence. Together, French and American forces cornered Charles, Earl Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781 and ended the war.

This is the quick version of Saratoga, but as we know, history is more complicated.

Today, we explore the Saratoga Campaign of 1777 in more depth with Bruce M. Venter, author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America.

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Episode Summary

Bruce VenterIn this episode, Bruce M. Venter, author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America, leads us on an exploration of the Saratoga Campaign of 1777.

During our investigation, Bruce reveals the state of the American War for Independence in 1777; British General John Burgoyne’s plans for capturing the Lake Champlain-Hudson corridor; And, the important role the Battle of Hubbardton played in the Patriots’ victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

What You’ll Discover

  • America’s History, LLC
  • State of the American War for Independence in July 1777
  • Why the British Army wanted to control the Hudson River
  • British General John Burgoyne’s plan of attack
  • Geography of the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor
  • Patriot goals and strategy for the Saratoga campaign
  • Fort Ticonderoga and the British capture of Canada
  • General John Burgoyne’s Army
  • British-allied German soldiers and Native American warriors
  • The Patriot position at Fort Ticonderoga
  • The Patriot retreat from Fort Ticonderoga
  • Colonel Ebenezer Francis
  • Colonel Seth Warner
  • The rear guard force that protected the retreating Patriot army
  • The British force that pursued the retreating Patriots
  • The Battle of Hubbardton
  • The importance of the Battle of Hubbardton to the Saratoga Campaign
Plan of Huberton Action
Battle Plan for Hubbardton, July 1777


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Time Warp PlainTime Warp Question

Is there any way that the Americans could have defeated the British at the Battle of Hubbardton and if so, how would their victory have changed the course of the American War for Independence?

Fort Ticonderoga, 1759

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