William Howe: A Brief Biography

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William Howe was born on August 10, 1729. Howe joined the army at age 17. In June, 1775, he met with Thomas Gage, Henry Clinton, and John Burgoyne and they discussed plans on how to end a siege at Bunker Hill. They planned to seize high ground around Boston and attack the colonial militia. The colonists found out about this plan and fortified Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill, causing Gage, Howe, Clinton, and Burgoyne to come up with a new plan. On June 17, 1775, they developed a plan to directly assault the colonial fortification. That afternoon, the attacked and won the Battle of Bunker Hill, but 1,000+ British soldiers were wounded or killed. On October 11, 1775, General Gage sailed to England and so Howe took over as Commander-in-Chief of the
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