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William Howe William Howe a british soldier who commanded the army in North America during the American Revolution the brother of Richard Howe was born on August 10 1729 he was educated at Eton and was commissioned a cornet in the Duke of Cumberlands Light Dragoons 1764 promoted to lieutenant 1747He joined the army in 1746 and served under Wolfe at Louisburg 1758 and Quebec where he led the famous advance to the Heights of Abraham He became an MP in 1758 In the American War of Independence his victories included Bunker Hill 1775 the Brandywine 1777 and the capture of New York City 1776 As lieutenant colonel led the 58th Foot in Sir Jeffrey Amhersts successful siege of Louisbourg June 2-July 27 1785 Ordered to America as second in command to Gen Thomas Gage he arrived in Boston on May 25 1775 planned and directed the attack on Bunker hill which he led with great valor June 17 appointed local general succeeded to command of the army in Boston on Gatess departure October 16 Howe wrote on October 22 to ask that he relieved His reasons were the failure of the government to send him the reinforcements he wished for in 1777 Howes letter was received by Germain in early December 1777 Early in 1778 Howe learned from Germain that his resignation was accepted but he would have to wait for his replacement May 25 1778 Howe sailed back to England while Clinton took over command in Philadelphia Sir William Howe died in the year of 1814
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