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Title Horatio Gates document set
Date 1775 December 3 [letter]; 1783 [engraving]; n.d. [pamphlet with engraving].
Description 2 items - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter; 2 leaf pamphlet with engraving.
People Gates, Horatio, 1726-1806
Search Terms Revolutionary War

American Revolution

New York
Scope & Content Horatio Gates document set. 1 items - 2 leaf pamphlet with letter; 2 leaf pamphlet with engraving.

L.S., 1775, December 3, no address, to, no address; announcing the organization of the army into six brigades as outlined in the list on the back of the letter.

Second pamphlet is empty, with a steel engraving of Horation Gates on the front.

Horatio Gates, (1726-1806). American Revolutionary general, b. Maldon, Essex, England. Entering the British army at an early age, he fought in America in the French and Indian War and served in the expedition against Martinique. Later he resigned from the army, and returned to America (1772) to settle in what is now West Virginia. At the start of the American Revolution, he joined the colonial cause as a general and played a part in training American troops outside Boston. In 1776, Gates was given a command in the north under the supreme command of Philip J. Schuyler, whom he replaced as commander in the Saratoga campaign (1777). His army overwhelmingly defeated the British under General Burgoyne, and the Continental Congress appointed Gates president of the board of war. His great victory was aided by the superb leadership of his generals Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan. At the time Gates was considered a serious rival of General Washington, and the aim of the so-called Conway Cabal was to make Gates commander in chief. Gates's part in this unsuccessful plan has never been fully determined. In June, 1780, he was ordered south to command in the Carolinas. In the Carolina campaign poorly organized supply, badly trained troops, and hasty planning paved the way for a disgraceful defeat at Camden (1780). He was plunged into deep disgrace and was superseded by Nathanael Greene. An official investigation of the affair was ordered but never took place, and Gates rejoined (1782) the army. He returned home the following year. Gates later freed his slaves and moved to New York, where he spent the rest of his life. Interment at Trinity Churchyard, New York, N.Y. Gates County, N.C. is named for him.


Admin/Biographical History John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.