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Barry St. Ledger

Barry St. Ledger was a British Colonel who led an invasion force during the American Revolutionary War. He had fought in Canada at both Louisbourg in 1758 and Fall of Quebec in 1759.

See main articles: Saratoga Campaign and Fort Stanwix

In 1777, while he was the Lt. Colonel of the 34th foot, he was chosen to lead the western offensive that formed one leg of the Saratoga Campaign. John Burgoyne made him brevet Brigadier General for this mission so that he would outrank the militia officers involved. He move his force in good order to Fort Stanwix, but finding it strongly defended, set a siege in motion. He beat back the American militia attempt to break the siege by ambushing Nicholas Herkimer's force in the Battle of Oriskany. When rumors of a relief force under Benedict Arnold reached him he was forced to withdraw back to Canada.