The Battle of White Plains (October 28 1776 New York State)

The Battle of White Plains (October 28 1776 New York State)

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  • George Washington's army occupied the top of Manhattan Island and west of the Bronx river.
  • The British
  • The Americans
  • The British landed on October 12, 1776 and were determined to outflank the Americans.
  • George Washington fortified the area to prepare for battle.
  • General George Washington
  • October 28, 1776, General Washington's army stood at the northern tip of Manhattan Island and west of the Bronx river. General William Howe was determined to outflank the Americans by landing east of the Bronx river.
  • The British begin attacking the Americans on Chatterton's Hill.
  • The British arrived on October 12, 1776. They were held back by Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York troops that were forcing the British to re-embark back to their boats and land further up the river.
  • The Americans were pushed back due the British's attack.
  • Meanwhile, Washing fortified the position between Bronx and Croton river. To the far side of the Bronx was an outpost at Chatterton's Hill accompanied with Colonel Spencer and Colonel McDougall with 4,000 men.
  • General Howe called for reinforcements but Washington and his army fled.
  • General Howe
  • The British passed through the Bronx river and flanked the Americans at Chatterton's hill. The Americans fired down the hill but having their back exposed.
  • This attack pushed the Americans way back until their exposed back caused the Americans to withdraw from the hill and retreat across the river to join Washington's army.
  • General Howe, in the meantime, called for reinforcements from Brigadier Lord Percy in Manhattan so they can attack Washington's main army. Washington ordered a retreat and him and his army fled from the British.
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