| American History Stories, Volume II|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Tales of Revolutionary times, including the causes of the American Revolution, the daring exploits of those defending liberty, the early battles, the struggles of the army, and the heroes who led the colonists to victory. Ages 8-12 |
ANECDOTE OF BURGOYNE
 NOTHING, perhaps, helped the colonists on to victory
more than the conceit, and consequent unwillingness to
learn, of the British generals.
After Bunker Hill, Gen. Gage was, as we know, shut
up in the town of Boston by Washington's troops.
As Generals Howe, Clinton, and Burgoyne were sailing
up the harbor an outward-bound vessel hailed them, saying,
"Your British troops are under seige. Washington's troops
surround the city."
"How many are there?" called Burgoyne.
"Ten thousand colonists to five thousand British."
"What!" exclaimed Burgoyne puffing himself like a vain
frog; "do you mean to say that ten thousand country
clods are keeping under seige five
thousand British troops?
Just let us get there and we'll make elbow-room!"
Boston people did not forget this boast; and a few
months later, when Burgoyne and his army were marched
as prisoners of war into Cambridge, an old apple-woman,
perched with her basket on a fence, made great sport by
crying as he passed, "Make way there! elbow-room!
You remember that it was Burgoyne's troops that used
the Old South as a riding-school. Nothing so angered the
Boston people as this. And it is said that when, after his
 surrender, Burgoyne was walking with other generals along
Washington Street, he said, as he came to the Province
House, "There is the former residence of the Governor."
shouted a voice in the crowd, "and there opposite
is the riding-school."
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