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The Papers of George Washington: June-August 1777


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März 2000

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Volume 10 opens with Washington headquartered at the Continental army's encampment at Middlebrook, New Jersey, about seven miles northeast of New Brunswick, the location of the main British force under General William Howe. From this vantage point in the Watchung Mountains, Washington could survey the country between Perth Amboy and New Brunswick while keeping an eye on the road to Philadelphia. Washington also considered the possibility that Howe might attempt to rendezvous his army with General Burgoyne's, thought to be en route from Quebec to Albany by way of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.For his part Howe, whose army outnumbered the Americans more than two to one, hoped to lure Washington away from his defensive positions and force a general engagement. When a series of British maneuvers in late June failed to bring on the desired fight, Howe evacuated his army from New Jersey to Staten Island, leaving Washington completely in the dark as to the enemy's next move and keenly aware of "the great advantage they derive from their navy". Although Howe had abandoned the idea of attacking the main Continental army, from his new disposition the British commander easily could join with Burgoyne via the Hudson, move upon Philadelphia by way of the Delaware River or the Chesapeake Bay, sail farther south into Virginia or to Charleston, South Carolina, or sail northward and invade one of the New England states.Washington repositioned his army back at its old camp at Morristown, where it could better assist the American troops at Peekskill, NewYork, if Howe moved up the Hudson and yet still interfere with any British designs upon Philadelphia. Although surveillance reports revealedthat the British were preparing for "a longer Voyage than up the North River", the British capture of Ticonderoga, NewYork, convinced Washington that Howe would take the northern route, and he swiftly marched the Continental army into New York State, where it remained until
EAN: 9780813919010
ISBN: 0813919010
Untertitel: 'Papers of George Washington: R'. Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF VIRGINIA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2000
Seitenanzahl: 718 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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