I have a real passion for the American Revolution, and Bruce Lancaster's literary works concerning this conflict. I appreciate both his historical novels, and his non-fiction works dealing with the Revolution. I would very much like to compare notes and impressions on several of this books with others who are interested in this author.
In particular, in Lancaster's novel, "Guns of Burgoyne," and in his non-fiction, "From Lexington to Liberty," the author states that the American commander at fort Ticonderoga, General Arthur St. Clair, learned of the British's successful placement of artillery on so-called, nearby Mount Independence (hitherto thought impassable for cannon and horses), but the accidental discharge of a cannon, possibly caused by the hot sun reflecting off a brass cannon. However, Richard Ketchum, in a recently relased book on Burgoyne's campaign, holds that St. Clair was alerted by the lighting of a campfire on Mount Independence by one of the English's Native American allies.
I would welcome some discussion on this point, or any of Mr. Lancaster's other books. Please post here!
>>By CruisingWriter (Friday, 28 Nov 2003 19:46)
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