June 18, 1778 — Today marked the end of Britain’s occupation of Philadelphia. The battle at Philadelphia was a success for the Redcoats, who at the time were under the command of General William Howe (pictured right).
However, while Howe captured Philadelphia in the Battle, he left a conflict in Saratoga unattended to — which resulted France entering the war.
Howe resigned leaving his second-in-command, British General Sir Henry Clinton, in charge. What was Clinton’s first order?
Clinton evacuated the troops from Philadelphia to New York in order to defend the city against potential Franco-American attacks. This eventually led to the Battle of Monmouth Court House in New Jersey, which turned out to be one of the largest battles in the war.