The Art of Saratoga

Death of Fraser

The Surrender of Burgoyne, Fauvel

Burial of Gen. Simon Fraser John Graham, oil on canvas, 1792

Saratoga Corporate Staff Ride

Surrender of General Burgoyne, Trumbull, Oil on canvas, 1826, Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC

Why Saratoga?

The Saratoga Corporate Staff Ride is a corporate retreat half-day tour of the American Revolution's Saratoga Campaign, September-October, 1777. The crucial strategic victory of the War, Saratoga pits the vainglorious British dandy Gen. "Johnny" Burgoyne and two converging forces against the ambitious American Gen. Horatio Gates, a would-be rival to George Washington. Gates was very well served by talented subordinates, including Daniel Morgan and Benedict Arnold. The Saratoga Staff Ride tour puts the campaign in the context of domestic and global events, especially the conflicting interests of France, England, Spain, and others. The Campaign was at the intersection of strategy and theater-wide operations, as well as a rich showcase of good field staff work, legendary leadership examples, and crisis decision-making. Tactically, the victory at Saratoga illustrates the forward American defense of the Hudson River and was a major morale boost for the Continental Army struggling to survive as a national army. The Saratoga area is a great venue for a half day outing into relevant history and decision-making.

The Commanders

The British

Burgoyne, Reynolds, Oil on canvas, 1766, Frick, New York

The Americans



Col. Benedict Arnold, 1776, Engraving

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Applied Battlefield Concepts LLC adopts the US Army's Senior Leader Development Program (SLDP) tools for professional and management development and training in non-military organizations. The Corporate Staff Ride is our first product.
The Corporate Staff Ride is flexible in design and can be developed internally to address the specific leadership development and team-building issues of any organization. The cost of a developing and implementing a customized APPLIED BATTLEFIELD CONCEPTS LLC Corporate Staff Ride is $25,000-$50,000 plus expenses.
An intensive, experiential learning-based, leadership exercise conducted on the site of the "bloodiest day" in American history. The battle ended all hope of foreign intervention and was a major strategic Union victory, but the decisions, indecision, blunders, and perfectly calculated risks are a rich source for studying leadership in action at the pinnacle.
Structured around the Saratoga Campaign, 1777, this staff ride explores the most decisive strategic encounter of the Revolution, pitting the vainglorious, but diversely talented British General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne against the flagrantly ambitious and resentful Northern Continental Army commander, Gen. Horatio Gates. Minutes from Albany in an almost untouched condition amid beautiful surrounding (and manifold attractions).