Horatio Gates – October 17, 1777

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s October 17, 1777. I’m with General Horatio Gates. We just witnessed a resounding American victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

JG: “General Gates, congratulations on your outstanding victory! What agreement have you just made with the British?”

HG: “Mr. Gillespie, the British have agreed, on their honor, to leave Boston, go back to London with 5,000 red coats, and never set foot on American soil again.”

The Revolutionary War continued a few more years, but with 5,000 less British.

Read the full text of the “Articles of Convention Between Lieutenant-General Burgoyne and Major General Gates.”

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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