August 27, 2015

Today in History: Battle of Brooklyn Heights (1776)

John RobsonResident Historian

On August 27, 1776, William Howe didn’t capture George Washington and end the American Revolution. But he could have, following his victory at Brooklyn Heights. Instead, Howe demonstrated a lack of energy that would characterize his tenure as British military commander in America.

Lazy, drunk or incompetent? Hardly. Howe was a distinguished officer beforehand and afterward. But he was also an MP who publicly questioned the justice or prudence of crushing the revolt. When duty called, he answered anyway.

But just possibly he, and his admiral brother Richard, didn’t really try to win the Revolutionary War because they didn’t really want to. Instead, in a highly awkward position, they did their duty and did well by their men, but that was it, on purpose.

I don’t care for conspiracy theories. But how else can one explain Howe’s behaviour, other than to raise a glass to a man who “threw” a war because he was a patriot who also loved liberty?


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commented 2015-08-27 18:03:21 -0400
Vlad, bud, I normally ignore your postings but I have to ask: nuclear waste in Ontario has exactly what to do with 1776 conspiracy theories? I am really trying for the connection. Is it that the U.E.L.‘s settled in Ontario and are all personally responsible for the off-spring who created this waste? I’m afraid to ask for enlightenment, but I have to.
commented 2015-08-27 14:16:19 -0400
I don’t call that a conspiracy theory. I call it a plausible explanation.

It reminds me of the Obama-led western reticence to defeat ISIS and ilk.
commented 2015-08-27 13:36:58 -0400
Mr. Robson, of course it was a conspiracy! The Freemasons on both sides of the Atlantic came together to create a Freemasonic Republic to rule the world. There are internet web-sites that say so, Baigent and Leigh published a book proving it, so it must be true! Washington gave the high five sign of fidelity to Howe and Howe said, “Yuppers, that’s good enough for me.” True fact news, because it is now on a web-site.