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William Howe

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Definition: British general who commanded troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill and replaced General Thomas Gage as commander of British troops in America in October 1775, when Gage was called home to Britain. Howe commanded the British to victory in the Battles of Brooklyn and Brandywine and managed to escape with most of his army intact from the trap set for him at Germantown. His decision to go to Philadelphia, not Albany, doomed General John Burgoyne's grand plan for the occupation of New York, leading to the British surrender at Saratoga (and the entrance of France into the war). In May 1778, Howe was replaced by General Henry Clinton and returned to Britain.

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