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A staff ride provides the opportunity to examine a historical battle and the decisions made by its leaders. Cadets are assigned a key leader or aspect to the battle (tactics, weaponry, terrain, etc.) and research their respective role in the battle and its outcome. During the staff ride, Cadets will present while on the actual terrain. The Staff Ride is a pre-commissioning requirement. As part of the staff ride, Cadets will submit a battle analysis paper. The paper will be 4-5 pages, double-spaced, Arial or Times New Roman, 12 point font.

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Background Information and Historical Context
Fought two weeks apart on September 19 and October 7, 1777, the two battles (the Battle at Freeman’s Farm and the Battle of Bemis Heights respectively) are considered the most important event during the American Revolutionary War (Morrissey, 2010). In fact, historians agree that the two battles were a landmark event and a turning point in the greater war because they gave the poorly trained and inexperienced American revolutionary army a decisive victory over the well trained and highly experienced British royal army (Morrissey, 2010). In particular, the American victory convinced the French government, which was initially neutral in the British-American conflict, to formally recognize the legitimacy of the colonist’s pleas, thus entering the war as their ally (Corbett, 2012).

Events Preceding the Battles
The events that led to the battle had started several months earlier when the British assembled troops in its Canadian territory under General John Burgoyne, British soldier and war leader who was overconfident to win. After convincing the British crown and the parliament of the need to attack from the north, General Burgoyne led a large army from Southern Canada through the Champlain Valley (Morrissey, 2010)....

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