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Learn More: Understanding Burgoyne's Order

John Burgoye by Robert Pollard Courtesy of Library of Congress

In Burgoyne’s “Thoughts for Conducting the War from the Side of Canada,” he detailed a plan for an excursion to the Connecticut River Valley. Germain does not like the idea, and ordered Burgoyne to stay out of New England, which was considered as all the land east of the Hudson River. While pursuing the American troops from Ticonderoga to Castleton, Baron Reidesel observed the area was rich in draft animals and horses that might be seized for the army's benefit. Loyalist Philip Skene was also convinced that there were Loyalists in New England waiting for the arrival of the British so that they may be armed to assist in putting down the Rebels.

Burgoyne’s order was intended to determine if, in fact, there were Loyalists in the area, and to recruit them into the Loyalist Corps of John Peters of the Queen’s Loyal Rangers. Along the way, they were to spread false rumors about the object of Burgoyne’s campaign. Considering the extended route into New England, he may have wanted the Rebels to think he was on his way to Boston.