Gen. John Burgoyne - “Gentleman Johnny”, a British general and playwright. In 1777. He was at the head of the British dispatched for the invasion of the colonies from Canada. In this disastrous expedition, he gained possession of Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Edward for which he was made a lieutenant-general. At Saratoga he was hemmed in by a superior force led by Horatio Gates. On Oct. 17, 1777, his troops, laid down their arms. The success was the greatest the colonists had yet enjoyed.