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The Battle of White Plains

 

The Battle of White Plains is part of the New Jersey and New York campaign of the American Revolutionary war, which happened on October 28, 1776 in White Plains, New York.
George Washington’s army was being threatened by British General William Howe who

intended to outflank the Americans with a landing at Throg’s Neck.

 

 Washington drew his army back to White Plains when the landing began to avoid being surrounded

by the British. One thousand and two hundred men were left to defend Fort Washington.

The British army went after Washington through New Rochelle up the Bronx River.


Washington selected a position close to White Plains to halt his party. He fortified the position with a

pair of 3 mile long entrenchments on raised terrain. The right side of the trenches was protected by the swampy Bronx River grounds. Beyond the trenches was Chatterton’s Hill, which provided the Americans a view of the plain where the British would have to advance in order to get to them. Two cannons

were positioned on the hill, which was occupied by John Haslet’s 1st Delaware Regiment.


The British soon attacked with four thousand men. After a series of attacks and counterattacks,

victory went to Howe who let slip an opportunity to capture Washington and his army by refusing

to interfere with his opponent’s withdrawal.