Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777

With an outline sketch of the American Invasion of Canada, 1775-76.

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Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,356 / 96 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.8
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 576
Added to site: 2010.02.08
mnybks.net#: 26601
Genre: History
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[4] SKENESBOROUGH, now Whitehall, named for Philip Skene, a retired British officer, who settled on lands granted him after the French War. He had about fifty tenants, and a few negro slaves.

[5] THE CAPTURED ARTILLERY was taken to Cambridge on sleds in midwinter, by Colonel Knox. It enabled Washington to bring the siege of Boston to a favorable conclusion.


II.

THE INVASION OF CANADA.

[Sidenote: Invasion of Canada.]

The prompt seizure of the lake fortresses had a marked effect upon the wavering Canadians.[6] Many joined us. More stood ready to do so whenever the signal for revolt should be given. Success begets confidence. The Americans were now led to believe that by throwing an army into Canada at once, the people would no longer hesitate to free themselves from the British yoke. The time seemed the riper for it, because it was known that the strong places of Canada were but weakly guarded. Could Quebec and Montreal be taken, British power in Canada would be

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