There was another terrible battle this time at Saratoga, in
which General Gates succeeded in so breaking up
Burgoyne's army that this proud British general was
obliged to surrender.
Both generals had fought bravely and skilfully; and
although they were enemies in battle, they respected
each other as men; and when, after the surrender,
Burgoyne gave up his sword to Gates, he did so very
courteously, saying, "The fortunes of war, General
Gates, have made me your prisoner."
General Gates, taking the sword, said with equal
politeness, "I shall always be glad to testify, General
Burgoyne, that it was through no fault of yours that it
I am afraid the newspapers again printed many jokes
about the defeated Burgoyne, as they recalled the
extravagant threats he had made at the beginning of his
His people, too, in England blamed him severely, which
I think was rather unjust; for, in spite of all, he
was a brave and skilful soldier; the only trouble was
that he was on the
 wrong side of the truth, and the wrong side seldom
succeeds in any battle.