A Student of History

December 21, 2006

General Horatio Gates-the TV Show

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 12:47 am

Photo of painting. See below for details. 

As part of the History Channel’s series on Revolutionary War generals, one episode will feature Horatio Gates, the “Hero of Saratoga,” but also the miserable wretch of Camden (according tp most accounts.   On the HC’s website they say that it will air at 9 AM on Dec. 30, to be followed by shows on Greene, Morgan, Cornwallis, and Lafayette. 

Why do I mention the Gates show?  Well, in all modesty (actually, a lack thereof) I am one of the talking heads on the program.  I have no idea how many times I will be “on camera,” nor do I know whatthe quality of the show will be like.  It was filmed in March 2005, when the production company flew me out to Universal Studios in LA, interviewed me for 90 minutes on camera, and then sent me home the next morning on an 8 AM flight back to Ohio.  Not much fun, considering I was in the middle of preparing for my general exams for my Ph.D. candidacy.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how it comes off, and if you see it, please feel free to leave comments here. 


  1. John,

    Watched you make your television debut this morning (12/30) on the History Channel. Appeared, to this novice, that you received a significant amount of air time. Anyway, really enjoyed the show. Happy new year…

    Comment by Murray Winland — December 30, 2006 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  2. I googled your name after seeing you on the History Channel. Good job. I also like the blog.

    Comment by Maggie — December 31, 2006 @ 12:38 am | Reply

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