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The Horatio Gates Papers, Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806

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E 207 G3 A35X















E 207 G3 A35X GUIDE

Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806. The Horatio Gates Papers, 1726-1828. Sanford, South Carolina: Microfilming Corporation of America, 1978.

20 reels. 35 mm.


            Horatio Gates served as a captain in the New York Infantry during the French and Indian War and as a Brigadier General in the Revolutionary War, when he also served as Adjutant to George Washington. He was the commander at Saratoga where General Burgoyne was defeated. He participated in the "Conway Cabal," an attempt to replace George Washington with Horatio Gates. The attempt was not successful and Gates was relieved of his command. He was given another command but lost a battle, with many casualties, in Camden, South Carolina. The Continental Congress conducted an investigation into his conduct and again he lost his command.
            This set is based primarily on the papers housed in the New York Historical Society. It consists mainly of his correspondence, which includes letters to and from many well-known figures including John Jay, Anthony Wayne, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the Marquis de Lafayette, and George Washington.


            Reels 1-17: Series I, correspondence.

            Reels 18-19: Series II, orderly books and returns, 1756-1783.

            Reels 19-20: Series III, financial papers, 1747-1799. 

Items are arranged chronologically within each series.




            James Gregory, The Horatio Gates Papers: A guide to the Microform Edition, Sanford, North Carolina:  Microfilming Corporation of America, 1979.
            Contains an index to the correspondence by writer and recipient, and a detailed checklist of items in Series II and III.


Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
            United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
            United States--History--French and Indian War, 1155-1763-- Sources