Surrender of General Burgoyne

John Trumbull

Oil on canvas, 12' x 18'

1821; placed 1826

Rotunda

U.S. Capitol

 

The event shown in this painting is the surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York on October 17, 1777. Burgoyne’s surrender followed battles with American General Horatio Gates near Saratoga in September and October 1777. With the British losing men and defenses during both engagements, Burgoyne retreated with a weakened army to Saratoga, where he surrendered to General Gates. This turning point in the American Revolution prevented the British from dividing New England from the rest of the colonies, and it was the deciding factor in bringing active French support to the American cause.

 

 

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Taken on October 12, 2011