The Battle of White Plains: Washington and Howe in Westchester (Military) (Paperback)
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Washington's Harrowing Escape from the Hudson Valley
In October 1776 central Westchester witnessed a critical episode in the early campaign of George Washington's ragtag Continental Army and its quest for American independence. Often overlooked as just an interval between the disastrous Battle of Brooklyn and victory at Trenton, the Battle of White Plains showcased Washington's sly strategy of perseverance. Poor decision making and ignorance of the area's hilly terrain among British leadership gave the patriot army a chance to secure a path to safety despite being on the run and outmanned. Though British General Howe claimed victory, the battle's lessons informed Washington's cat and mouse strategy that ultimately brought success later in the war.
Author Stephen Paul DeVillo presents just how close the American cause for independence came to being extinguished at the Battle of White Plains.