The Revolutionary Years, 1775-1789 by William Nester download in iPad, ePub, pdf
They could then trap the British at Albany. Congress, meanwhile, fled to York, Pennsylvania, sixty-five miles west. This convinced Washington to abandon Philadelphia for a position about twenty miles north.
It was assumed that the Americans would mass their troops to block the passage of those armies. Howe hoped to provoke Washington into marching his army down to the flatlands, where he would be overwhelmed by the superior numbers and the professionalism of the British and German troops. But that goal was self-defeating.
The rebellion could only be crushed by destroying rebel armies, not seizing cities. With naval superiority on Lake Champlain, getting to Fort Ticonderoga would be relatively easy. In doing so, they would be pushed back until they were cornered and crushed at Albany.
John Burgoyne talked Lord George Germain, who was the acting war minister, into approving a plan to split the colonies in two. You are not currently authenticated. Howe compounded that mistake.
Three armies would converge at Albany and trap the enemy among them. The difficulties would come in moving all his troops and supplies beyond that fort through the wilderness to the Hudson River. It took another three weeks before the army had sailed down to Chesapeake Bay and then up it to Head of Elk. Washington withdrew most of his army to Philadelphia but left Gen. Howe would advance up the Hudson River with half of his army, and a force of seven hundred British and hundreds of Indians under Lt.
Instead, he packed most of his army aboard the fleet and waited for the winds to carry him to Philadelphia. Howe took nearly three more weeks before he felt that his army was ready to advance. Finally, there was no guarantee that the Americans would be foolish enough to be trapped at Albany.
Leger would march from Lake Ontario. Anthony Wayne and his brigade to hover at Paoli, west of the British advance. Washington was just as hopeful that Howe would attack his stronghold in the New Jersey highlands. When it was clear that Washington would not play by his rules, Howe changed the game.
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