Thoughts for Essay Topics
♦ In the planning and American strategy before the Battle of Saratoga, Benedict Arnold quarreled bitterly with General Gates over battle strategy. Gates stripped Arnold of field command, but Arnold rejoined the battle anyway and was instrumental in turning the tide against the British.
♦ After the victory, the normally timid General Gates (he was called “Granny Gates" by his subordinates) received full credit for the outcome, even though the aggressiveness on the part of his subordinates (including Arnold) was what turned the tide. This was especially galling to Benedict Arnold, who collected yet another grievance against the Continental Army leadership. Arnold would eventually betray the Americans and join up with the British.
◊ Discussion/Essay Item: What if Arnold had received the recognition he felt he deserved?
♦ The heroics of Benedict Arnold at the Battle of Saratoga provide an interesting study of history’s “what-ifs." For example, Arnold was shot in the leg during the battle.
◊ Discussion/Essay Item: What if Benedict Arnold had died at Saratoga and not lived to become a traitor? How would he be remembered today?
♦ Also, consider the following:
◊ What if General Clinton had been successful in linking up with Burgoyne?
◊ What if the British had won the Battle of Saratoga?