Redcoats and Rebels by Christopher Hibbert (Non-Fiction Audiobook)

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An extract from 'Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America' by Christopher Hibbert. During the American Revolutionary War, General Clinton flees Boston to lead an expedition in North Carolina, despite his protestations, where he is promised mass support from the local populace. However, his first command position may prove to be bitterly disappointing.

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red coats and rebels by Christopher Hibbert On the 20th of January 17 76 Clinton was able to escape. Orders had arrived from England at last, to the dismay of how who was most unwilling to divide his already too small army. It had been decided to send a force from Boston to North Carolina to meet troops and a naval squadron, which were being dispatched from England to the Cape Fear River. This combined expedition, it was hoped, would encourage the loyalists of Carolina to fight for the re establishment of constitutional government. Gratified as he wants to be, given his first independent command, Clinton, always happier in proposing plans than in carrying them out, immediately began to complain of the difficulties of his assignment on the lack of the support he should have been given by how under whom. It was a mortification to have to serve, he was to be allowed no more than 1500 troops at the most. And what could he achieve with so few? I could not help telling our chief, he grumbled in a letter to Burgoyne that had I Bean in his station. He should have had all he asked If I do return to House Command, I hope not to stay long. Like Burgoyne, he was tired of being a subordinate. But unlike Burgoyne, his confidence faltered at the prospect of acting on his own. As he sailed south, Clinton was assured by the former governor of North Carolina on the present governor of Virginia, both of whom had been driven from their homes, to seek shelter aboard ships at sea, that he would be sure to find thousands of loyalists eager to join him as soon as he reached Cape Fear. In this, as in other expectations, he was soon to be profoundly disappointed.