Excerpt from The Battles in the Jerseys and the Significance of Each
And what is more. The in¿uences started in 1776 are still at work; they have brought blessings on the human race in the past, they will bring even greater blessings in the future.
The war opened wit... h splendid outbursts at Lexington and Bunker Hill; but both sides entrenched at Boston and the result was a long deadlock ending in a compromise, the British being allowed to sail away to Halifax unmolested provided they left the city of Boston unharmed.
It is the way of the anglo-saxon to get into a war first and then make his preparation after wards. From April. I77s, to the following August, both parties were mustering their resources and planning military and financialmeasures on a large scale. These were months of earnest preparation, but as the hour for decisive con¿ict drew near, the superiority of our foes was very evident in men, ships, arms, ammunition, and other military supplies. It was King George's aim and hope to stamp out the rebellion in the fall of 177 6.
The opposing commanders were William Howe and George Washington. They had faced each other at Boston; they were now to face each other in New York and New Jersey. Howe had men, and Washington had New York City and Philadelphia were the prizes fought for.
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