Historian Eric Schnitzer is set to give a presentation on his book Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777, on Saturday, October 19th, at 2 pm, at the Marshall House, one of the few surviving structures from the Battles of Saratoga.
Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777 chronicles the British attempt to gain control of the Lake Champlain/Lake George/Hudson River waterways in the early days of the American Revolution. It reveals the real circumstances of the murder of young Jane McCrea, whose death was thought to have helped rally American militia to oppose the British invasion, and the role of the Marshall House as a hospital for the British army. It debunks many myths associated with the campaign such as those related to the figure of British General John Burgoyne (known as Gentleman Johnny).
Campaign Saratoga is a collaboration between Eric Schnitzer and Don Troiani, the military artist. It includes Troini’s full-color, historically precise renderings of soldiers, civilians, and battle scenes. The book also contains previously little known portraits of figures from the campaign, including Benedict Arnold, and pictures of artifacts such as a canteen carried by a Connecticut militiaman and a war club taken from an Iroquoian warrior.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author after his talk. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (518) 695-3765. A free-will donation of $10 per adult (children free) will help the work of The Marshall House, Inc., an educational non-profit organization.
Eric Schnitzer is park ranger/historian at Saratoga National Historical Park (Saratoga Battlefield), where he has worked since 1997. He earned his degrees in History and Fine Art from the University at Albany (SUNY Albany). He is founder and commander of the recreated 62nd Regiment of Foot, and enjoys researching, interpreting, and writing about all aspects concerning the Northern Campaign of 1777.
Don Troiani is a traditional academic realist painter known for his extremely accurate historical and military paintings, mostly of the Civil War and American Revolution. He was born in New York City and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts and New York City’s Art Student’s League. Some of his previous books include Don Troiani’s Civil War and Soldiers of the American Revolution, and his work has been exhibited in museums such as Smithsonian’s Museum of History and Technology and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Marshall House is located at 136 Route 4 North, Schuylerville, Saratoga County, NY.
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